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PSA: Some Newegg customers are receiving tax bills from the DRS because Newegg didn't charge them sales tax (FYI: Especially Connecticut residents)

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Some Newegg customers are getting hit with tax bills for past purchases. I just came to know about this through a SD member. I did further research and wanted to share the information here.

"The state Department of Revenue Services is combing through customer records from major online retailers to hunt down taxpayers who skipped out on the often-ignored use tax.

As you probably noticed, for years many ecommerce sites did not charge customers sales tax for online orders. The onus fell on the buyer to report purchases and pay any applicable taxes, but there did not seem to be any repercussion for not doing so. For the most part, state agencies focused their attention on online vendors, not online shoppers.

Those efforts eventually paid off, as many online sites that didn't previously charge a sales tax now do. However, Connecticut is not stopping there. It wants online vendors to pay up for past purchases, or share purchase records so that it can go after consumers directly.

According to WFSB, a local CBS affiliate in Connecticut, Newegg chose the latter route. As a result, some customers who purchased electronics and other items from Newegg in 2014 through 2016 are receiving bills in the mail for taxes owed.
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And while this news is specific to Connecticut for now, this could mark a trend for other states as well. Keep that in mind next time you're shopping online at a site that doesn't collect taxes for your state.

A tax expert in Washington, D.C., said Connecticut is the first state to take this approach: requesting data from retailers about online purchases by state residents that were not subject to sales tax and checking to see if the customers made required tax payments."


http://www.courant.com/politics/h...story.html

https://linustechtips.com/main/to...sales-tax/

https://www.pcgamer.com/some-newe...purchases/

https://pcpartpicker.com/forums/t...-sales-tax

https://www.reddit.com/r/pcmaster...of_ct_tax/

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Connecticut is broke, worst financially shaped state from NY to Maine
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Yup I paid those taxes on my return yet I still got a bill. What a mess and never shopping at newegg again even if they meant well they should've never given all customer information away. This causes mistrust and for people like myself who run a busines doesn't reflect well on me.
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If you follow one of those links towards the end, newegg is sending out e-mails to tell customers they handled it wrong and not to pay the taxes. They're trying to assist in resolving it.


Quite the screwup.
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Everyone will be seeing bills like this attempting to collect on behalf of retailers like Amazon (third-party sellers), ebay, etc.

Be careful before paying any bills though, as many may be scams. I haven't read if the sales taxes are retroactive, or start going forward.
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If Newegg should have been collecting taxes then they should stroke a check for the amount they failed to collect. By by Newegg for going this route.
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Squealers.. Stupid buy.com, too.

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Newegg should be the one that get punished. Not the customers.
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I've seen the future and it will be...


Anyways, IF Connecticut uses this to pay down some debt, I'd be ok. If they continue to mishandle taxes/pensions/liabilities and pass out the tax money like it's never ending, well Florida looks good, just not too close to the water.....
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Newegg should be the one that get punished. Not the customers.
logic?
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I want to live in a motorhome in Portland oregon i can live action rp in the streets drive to lax if i had to and pay no sales tax
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Connecticut is broke, worst financially shaped state from NY to Maine
What do you expect from Democrat ran states? They are the worst at financials. Freebies for everyone! High taxes and lots of corruption. That's just the facts nationwide.
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Everyone will be seeing bills like this attempting to collect on behalf of retailers like Amazon (third-party sellers), ebay, etc.

Be careful before paying any bills though, as many may be scams. I haven't read if the sales taxes are retroactive, or start going forward.
South Dakota was very clear they weren't going to go after taxes ex post facto. It was a key point in the the majority decision, and I'd imagine there would legal challenges to any state attempting to do that going forward.
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