State Wants Online Shoppers To Pay Sales Tax

Online is a shopping is a favorite for those who want to avoid sales tax. But the taxman may come for them soon.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) – The state of Illinois wants residents to pay sales taxes on all of the gifts they buy. Online shoppers, this means you.

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Illinoisans can often dodge sales taxes by shopping online, but the state is hoping to collect on those taxes next year by offering a sales tax amnesty.

A new law allows people who didn’t pay sales tax on items bought online, through the mail or over the phone between June 20, 2004, and the end of 2010 to pay what they owe without penalty. The tax amnesty runs from Jan. 1 through Oct. 15.

Department of Revenue spokeswoman Sue Hofer tells the (Springfield) State Journal-Register that Illinois also plans to offer a more detailed worksheet on state income tax return forms to get taxpayers to pay up.

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  • Mike Leahy

    Yah sure………everybody will be happy to pay up.

  • Phil

    Check is in the mail….Thanks Illinois

  • Dave

    thats stupid, maybe you should tax the rich for being greedy and stop paying those corrupt politicians!!!!

  • Tony Christopher

    Sorry people, if you went to tradition store you would pay tax, henceyou should papo tax for online purchases.

  • Gregory Alexander

    This country is ripe for a revolution

  • Doug

    Thanks, Illinois! I’ll get right on that and it will be a pleasure. Mostly because we all know it will be spent as wisely as all our other tax dollars. God bless you.
    Oh did I mention, up yours?

  • Jeff K.

    This is rediculous…if the State wants to enact a “new law” that enforces sales tax on online purchases after the law goes into effect, I could almost deal with that – I have actually been expecting something like this for years. But if they expect me to just pony up sales taxes for purchases I made going back to 2006, they will go broke waiting for that money! And they will probably waste more taxpayer money tring to find ways to squeeze those past taxes out of us long-time online buyers! Thanks, stupid Illinois lawmakers!!!

  • Jeff K.

    Excuse me…they want to milk me for purchases made going back to 2004!!! Ridiculous…

  • Jennifer K.

    I’d rather give the money to some consumer orginization who can challenge this law in court. I don’t have records of my purchases, so I apparently didn’t do any online shopping before today…

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