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Sales tax by state

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by sunking, Mar 23, 2005.

  1. djlong

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    Services - plenty. My $4000/year in property taxes pays for school, police, fire, garbage, recycling, roads and their plowing in the winter. (For the record, I have a 10 room house with a 2 car garage in case you want to compare apples and apples as far as taxes go) - and in al those there's alot of new construction we're paying for.

    Jobs - tossup. If I were a C or java programmer I'd be working in NH. Latest job has me in MA, though.
     
  2. since 2/96

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    Virginia is 5% - satellite tv is included as part of the communications services tax.
     
  4. heisman

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    No sat tax in IL.
     
  5. DodgerKing

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    No tax on Direct here in the Peoples Republic of California, which surprises me since CA is one of the highest taxed states in the Union.
     
  6. gfrang

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    I just pay .25 for leased receiver in Ma.
     
  7. Drew2k

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    Have you heard of New York??!!! :p
     
  8. Ken S

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    The cable companies are the ones that have pushed for these taxes. They want them to "even" up the bills with their competition. They claim that the franchise fees and other costs they have in providing cable (like local access channels) put them at an unfair price point. So, the politicians create taxes to "even" things out.
     
  9. jpl

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    While I agree with the sentiment of holding politicians accountable for raising taxes, I have to ask - why would you contact your US Senators? They have nothing to do with raising STATE taxes. Talk with your local/state representatives (for your state legislature). Oh, and to the person who posted that moving out of state to pay fewer taxes is tax evasion.... I don't even know how to answer that. That's not tax evasion. Tax evasion requires steps to not pay taxes THAT YOU OWE. If I move out of one state and into another, and I'm all paid up on my taxes in the state I moved out of, I don't OWE them anything. If you put in too many deductions on your income tax... THAT'S tax evasion...
     
  10. Ken S

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    Because on the national level they could pass a law that makes it illegal to tax satellite transmissions...much as they have with regards to sales tax collection on internet transactions.
     
  11. Steve Mehs

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    Only because of downstate. I wish, hope, dream and pray for the day NYC, Long Island and that whole area succeed from the rest of NY state.
     
  12. jpl

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    You're really mixing apples with oranges here. First off, state taxes fall to the states... period. NOT to the federal government. With regard to internet taxes, the reason that Congress got involved with that is because that deals with interstate commerce, which Congress DOES have control over. Satellite taxes and sales taxes are ONLY at a state level - they have no role on interestate commerce, and therefore are not under the perview of Congress.

    Theoretically the 9th and 10th ammendment of the Constitution would prevent Congress from getting involved with state business like that. Not that Congress shies away from overstepping its Constitutional authority in this regard, I sure as hell don't want to set this kind of precedent. I most definitely DON'T want the federal government to get involved with state taxation issues. They don't currently, and getting the federal government involved in this particular piece of taxation would just open the floodgates in federal involvement in these types of transactions. No thanks. This is much better handled at the local/state level.

    That's the reason that you only are required to pay sales tax on an internet sale is if the company you're buying from is in your state. If they're outside your state, then you don't pay sales tax on the item. It's analogous to a catalog sale.
     
  13. Phroz

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    According to my bill, I pay...

    $1.05 sales tax on my $50.99 Total Choice package, and another 25 cents tax on a leased receiver.
     
  14. bobnielsen

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    There are recent changes and sales tax (or "use tax") on out-of-state purchases is becoming more common. WA recently joined up with some other states to eliminate the "loophole", although there are still many exceptions.

    The only part of a satellite bill taxed here is the leased receiver fee at the normal sales tax rate (8.6% in my county).
     
  15. erict

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    Here in Michigan there is no tax as well, except on leased receivers which is 6%. If you own any receivers still they are not taxed. As in my case I have four receivers, 3 are leased and one is owned. So I am only taxed on the two leased receivers. The third leased receiver is part of the program package and is not taxed for some reason.
     
  16. JLucPicard

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    I don't know where this falls as far as tax evasion goes, but when I read the post where that was brought up, I took it to be "moving" and not necessarily moving, if you get my drift.
     
  17. jpl

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    That's true about use taxes (gotta love that term), but those really apply to items that you purchase in another state. I live about 15 minutes from the DE border - a sales-tax free state. Any purchases I make in DE are supposed to be declared, and I'm supposed to pay sales taxes to PA. The thing is, those taxes only apply once I bring said item back over the state line. If I buy something in DE, which stays in DE, the use tax doesn't apply. But it's hard to make the case that (not saying that you are, just pointing this out) a satellite tax would fall under a use tax. I can't purchase satellite service in one state to ship into another (unless I have a REALLY long cable, that is :)).

    Still, use taxes are state taxes - not federal taxes. If I go to Delaware and purchase something, PA can't do anything about collecting taxes on those items UNTIL I come back to PA. PA has no jurisdiction to collect those taxes across state lines. It's still very much a state tax, and the federal government has no role in that. Reciprocity rules, like you're talking about, ARE becoming much more common, and they very much exist around here too - not just for sales taxes, but for income taxes as well. There are a number of states that converge on this area that I could actually work in one of 5 or 6 states while living in another.
     
  18. jpl

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    You're probably right - I probably read too much into that post. If I really have a residence in one state, but say I live in another just to avoid paying taxes, then yes that IS tax evasion.
     
  19. since 2/96

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    I normally don't make a habit of quoting myself however I just wanted to copy and paste the information from the link above so those that don't want to click it can see the states this tax is levied upon...

    Support H.R. 3679

    Six states have imposed discriminatory sales taxes on direct broadcast satellite (DBS) service. Essentially DIRECTV and DISH Network subscribers are subject to unfair taxes on their monthly bills.

    The six states are - Florida, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah. And, other states have threatened to impose unfair taxes on satellite TV subscribers. ...
     
  20. Drew2k

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    Why wouldn't satellite communication fall within the jurisdiction of interstate commerce like internet traffic, since satellite transmissions a indeed "cross" state lines?
     

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