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    State Use Tax on Internet Purchases

    I thought this issue was something that had been tabled while business leaders and politicians tried to work out how sellers were going to manage it. Just got a letter saying I'm being audited for internet purchases. They want me to turn over all invoices for certain years. Failure to produce such records means they will estimate the amount of purchases. But what algorithm do they use to make such estimates ? Yes, there is one in the 1040 workbook ( which was unavailable, unfortunately, when I went to do my taxes ) based on a series of income ranges, that obviously is a larger number based on the income increasing. But..that was a pre-audit way of calculation...

    Without me going in to specifics of my sitch on a public board, do any of you have any advice, private pr public ? My answers may be circumspect.

    There must be a lot of guys like me out there, and ( considering I'm a small fry ) are they likely to 'throw the book at me" ?
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    This is a state audit? What state?

    Is it an audit of your business or yourself?

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    Illinois. Myself.
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    What horse shit. I usually don't bitch about taxes ( because it's the price you pay for bridges and water that doesn't taste like pee)... but if they want to tax you for something, they need to work out an actual method of doing that for online retailers, instead of expecting taxpayers to sort it all out.

    The current approach to me seems like states are just shrugging their shoulders and going "I dunno, you figure it out".
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    I'm going to take a moment to revise something.

    States I don't know I don't want to live in:
    Alabama
    Alaska
    Arizona
    Arkansas
    California
    Colorado
    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Florida
    Georgia
    Hawaii
    Idaho
    Illinois
    Indiana
    Iowa
    Kansas
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Maine
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    Mississippi
    Missouri
    Montana
    Nebraska
    Nevada
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New Mexico
    New York
    North Carolina
    North Dakota
    Ohio
    Oklahoma
    Oregon
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    South Dakota
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Utah
    Vermont
    Virginia
    Washington
    West Virginia
    Wisconsin
    Wyoming

    Thanks for the info. Sorry to hear about the bullshit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slab_Bulkhead View Post
    What horse shit. I usually don't bitch about taxes ( because it's the price you pay for bridges and water that doesn't taste like pee)... but if they want to tax you for something, they need to work out an actual method of doing that for online retailers, instead of expecting taxpayers to sort it all out.

    The current approach to me seems like states are just shrugging their shoulders and going "I dunno, you figure it out".
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    Exactly. And if you screw up in providing a thorough list from your old email records, and they decide to force banks and online payment people to provide info and then find some little thing you missed, then they will penalize you.

    ^^The latest sword hanging over my head. it seems there is always something.

    I still haven't got the Blue Cross billing info right, either, as far as the transition to the affordable health care plans. They double billed me, and it was "due" June 1st. The good news is that they aren't ( yet ) deducting the payment amounts directly from my bank account with the new plan, but the bad news is that me being "in default" ( and not even knowing how much to pay until this is sorted out ) may tend to confuse things further. Plus, to top it off they have said they are doubling the amount I will owe them beginning in July due to me becoming 60 at my birthday in June. I don't know if this new amount is a remnant ( to be ignored ) of the old plan, or if this is what I have to look forward to in July, even WITH the affordable health care package. @#$%$#@

    I finally got a car to replace the one totaled in the accident. My long legs require a steering wheel that can tilt waaay up to avoid my knees. In addition to lots of leg room. The only car that seemed to fit the bill was the Chevy Impala, unless I wanted to get into the SUV and truck categories, which I cannot afford. I managed to find one that wasn't terribly old and iffy despite having a small budget to work with.

    Is it just me or do any of you see a lot more crazies on the road these days ? With all of the cell phone users while driving and impulsive decisions, I'm having more "close calls" than I noticed before.
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    And, Illinois is so corrupt. That is, it is probably among the more corrupt of all corrupt states (which means…all of them?) Lawyer up if you can afford it or at least have one on standby. They're a force multiplier.

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    I was told by an accountant friend that if I appeared to be getting help from either a tax attorney or an accountant, then the auditor would want to dig hard(er), having thus become suspicious. I'm going to speak to H.R. Block today. Can't afford a specialist.
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