Laugh all you want - Maryland comptroller (and former Governor) William 
Schaefer is trying to track down "use tax dodgers" in MD.  This is a notable 
"problem" in Maryland, since we're remarkably close to Delaware--which has 
no sales tax.  Since I alternate back and forth between Boston and 
Baltimore, and since the Maryland government is an incompetent shibboleth, 
I'm not too worried about being hounded for receipts - but you never know.

Yesterday's absurdity is tomorrow's policy - as always.

(By the way, has anyone read or heard any attempts to justify the "use tax" 
by government financiers?  Is anyone capable of saying with a straight face, 
"Purchases made outside of a given state should benefit that state's tax 


>Subject: Ignorance, Taxation, and Making Amends
>Date: Thu Jun 29 11:49:32 2000
>In the 6/29/00 issue of the Wall Street Journal, specifically a lengthy 
>article on the revival of legislation dealing with internet taxation, the 
>following comment was made:
>* * * * * * *
>Everyone knows how sales taxes work, but few people realize that they are 
>supposed to pay that same tax to their state government every time they buy 
>a product outside the state's borders. This is called a "use tax."  For 
>instance, if a person lives in New York and buys a stereo system in 
>Connecticut -- either via the Internet or by mail -- he or she is required 
>to keep the receipt and pay the home-state tax at year's end. Most states 
>provide a line on annual tax forms to remit the tax. Few people pay this 
>use tax, though, because most don't understand it, aren't aware it exists, 
>or know states can't really enforce it. Most states don't bother to crack 
>down, but this tax loophole could become a major problem as Internet sales 
>* * * * * *
>I feel like I’m the last person on the planet who’s heard of this tax.  
>Wow!  This is my favorite type of tax wedge – the “imaginary tax wedge”   
>However, I feel like I’ve been depriving my local Statehouse of its fair 
>share of tax dollars.  I implore all list members to reopen their files for 
>the last three tax years, compute their respective shortfall, and then pay 
>the amount with interest and penalty.   If our local governments can’t 
>count on the Armchair List members to do the right thing, then how can they 
>expect the same from the rest of the citizenry?  Lead on.  I’ll be right 
>behind you.
>New York, NY

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