NJ to start charging iTunes tax this Sunday

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    Link: NJ to start charging iTunes tax this Sunday
    Description:: Today NJ Governor Corzine announced that he has expanded the list of taxable items for New Jersey residents, and starting Sunday (October 1st) that list now includes iTunes downloads.

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    Omg this is outrageous! 7% tax on all online music downloads! Everyone living in NJ are going to kick Governor Corzine out. Something must be done...perhaps moving out of NJ? stop buying online music in protest?
     
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    I've always paid tax on iTunes downloads, starting the week the service debuted. I'm sure some other states have as well.
     
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    I'm in Indiana, and I definitely get charged already...
     
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    At home, in MN, I can buy iTunes Store cards at Target that are tax-free. Anything I download on iTunes using my Visa, on the other hand, includes tax making my songs run 1.06.

    Edit: Apparently, in MN, this has changed. My recent receipts from iTS show no tax. I suppose the above is now irrelevant, unless your Target doesn't tax gift cards.
     
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    Haha no way for me, Apple made it $0.99 for a reason and I'm not gonna pay $1.05 for a song. Pennsylvania got better things to tax on goods (cigarettes? alcohol perhaps?) and iTunes would probably be their last option.

    In NJ's case, it's embarrassing to see Governor Corzine tapping into goods and (online) services for money. They got their huge gambling city as revenue and they're still broke and evidently desperate for cash.
     
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    This is bad for us consumers but from New Jersey's viewpoint there will be lots to gain from taxing iTunes. Most customers will simply continue using iTunes and not make much fuss about it.
     
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    I had to pay tax on it in WA. Doesn't seem like a big deal, but it is kind of a put off. I knew I'd be moving to CA soon, which doesn't charge, so I waited to use my gift certificate. Technically you're supposed to pay tax on them anyway, but no one reports them. I think it's stupid, but what are you gonna do.
     
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    I guess you folks forgot why we pay taxes. Don't get me wrong. I don't like paying any more than I have to for anything.

    Along with taxing everything, perhaps Governor Corzine (along with all the other states who can't seem to balance a check book) should probably do a little house cleaning.
     
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    Yeah, to pay for services we never use.
     
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    The US should follow the example of the rest of the world and display all prices including tax.

    Sure, each state has different tax laws, so it becomes near impossible to work, but that is really the only way pricing becomes straight-forward and transparent.
     
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    I totally agree, man. I love traveling around the world like to New Zealand where tax is included in the displayed price. None of that "How much for the 99 cent cheeseburger" business we have to put up with here. Also, when in a big food line with a $3 meat pie and a $1.50 coke, you can have $4.50 ready and waiting. Lines move quicker. No change. Love it.. Love it...

    Why not just display a sign in retail locations that say "these prices include 6% sales tax".
     
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    Ugh... not good news at all. :( This won't affect my purchasing behavior, but it's still annoying.
     
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    mmmm....
    $3 meat pie.....
     
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    Oh yeah? So you never drive on a public road, or walk on a public sidewalk, or went to a public school, or......
     
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    I've had to pay taxes in Illinois for a bit now. 1.03 for a 99 cent purchase on iTunes.

    But I'm going to start getting the iTunes gift cards since they're tax-free. That's not a bad f'n idea.
     
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    But you will probably still have to pay tax when you make the music purchase. They get ya one way or another... ;)
     
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    Odd, I live in Illinois as well (Champaign) and I've never paid tax on my iTunes purchases.
     
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    And Rendell is better??

    iTunes is NOT a necessity. And AC already forks alot over to the State. What you should complain about (and you are not) is how Street & Rendell Gang, Co., got away with PA toll increases to (cover) building a loser's stadium (with funds from other state sources).

    And I give Corzine credit; atleast he isn't whining that he was left with a mess from last three Governors to cleanup (Whitman's failure at taking funds from pensions and not replacing it..or having a clue that she should, spending millions on a waterfront park that has created nothing but congestion, wasting tax monies on "studies and projects" that never produced, McGreevey's failed attempts at controlling property tax and the joke of all NJ taxpayers, the Homestead Rebate (in othewords, you pay more tax than you should, NJ then sits on billions, then reaps interest, then 9 months later spends more infrastructure monies to dole out the "rebate").

    Gee, $.07 cents. They should have raised the gas tax...there.
     
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    NJ sure does love taxes. I worked at a major rental car company over the summer for an internship, and part of my job was to test their POS software setup for a NJ location to make sure the functionality that adds a $5 (i think it was $5) a day charge for rental cars was being added correctly. No other states had that.

    Plus, you can't pump your own gas, I wonder how much extra they charge you guys in gas tax to cover the extra employees
     
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    iTunes songs are $1.07 for me and always have been. :mad:
     
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    never paid taxes on my songs/shows in nebraska :-D
     
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    ...do you ever leave your office? :rolleyes:
     
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    I don't have any kids.

    My parents paid taxes to send me to public school.

    Why should I have to pay a higher tax burden for services I don't use when others get to write off half their taxes for their kids?

    I can't even afford to go part-time to a state-funded university right now.

    I just paid the state $1,200.00 for the privelege of owning property for my business, yet I don't qualify for any state-funded small-business grants because I "make too much money" (and believe me, I don't make a lot).

    So yes, I am happy to pay taxes in case I need the police or fire department or for other emergency services. But you obviously have not driven on the roads here in Anne Arundel County.

    I certainly do not use even 25% of what I pay for in taxes.

    I've never understood people's willingness to give away their money when the return from the investment is so small.
     

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