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Monday, November 26, 2012

States Want A Piece Of The ‘Cyber Monday’ Pie

The Target web site is shown on a computer screen at a coffee shop in Providence, R.I. on Cyber Monday in 2011. (Michael Dwyer/AP)

Go to a store in your neighborhood and buy a tool, you’ll pay state sales tax (provided the item is subject to tax in your state). But buy that same tool online and most likely you will not pay state sales tax.

Consumers save money and an online retailer makes a sale. The local retailer loses a sale and the state loses the revenue.

But that’s changing now as states fight back.

As Michelle Quinn reports in Politico, residents of California, Texas and Pennsylvania will now be automatically charged state sales tax on and some other online retail websites.

The same will become true next year in Virginia and New Jersey, followed by Nevada, Indiana and Tennessee in 2014.


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November 26 5 Comments

Arlo Guthrie Celebrates 50 Years Of ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

Listening to the 18-minute musical monologue has been a Thanksgiving tradition among folk music fans for decades.

November 26 Comment

One Refugee’s Story Of Coming To America

Paul Okot vividly remembers landing at JFK airport in New York at 7 years old, after fleeing violence in southern Sudan.

November 25 3 Comments

Rapper Le1f Finds Struggle And Moral Diversity In American Music

We've been asking musicians what they think of when they think "American music." Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.

November 24 7 Comments

Ferguson: One Year Later

City council member Wesley Bell looks back on the past year since protests and violence swept the Missouri city.