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For US residents, tax on sight for online purchases

Those who have had the opportunity to travel to the United States will certainly have noticed how it is possible to buy an asset in a state and not pay local taxes (generally abundantly below 10% of the value but with an infinite series of variables since they exist7 .500 jurisdictions) if it is shipped to an address in another state. For example, a customer residing in California may have a product purchased from a New York online retailer shipped without paying 8.25% local New York state tax just because that vendor does not have a registered office in California. In reality, the citizen should then pay the rates subsequently to the administrations of his state, but the practice, as easily understood, not very popular.

American taxes have worked in this way for a decade thanks to a decision of the Supreme Court allowing very high savings (it is estimated that about 13 billion dollars a year), but also a great damage to the tax authorities.

So, after years of mumbling by the American administrations, it seems that a change that goes under the name of "Streamlined Sales Tax Project", or a bill just described in Chicago by more than half of the states, stands out on the horizon of the USA.

In essence thirty-two states should have a single rate valid from 2006, with this tax simplification the proposing states hope to be able to review the standard and therefore request the payment of local taxes for purchases from that year onwards.

Regardless of the progress of this legislative proposal, however, only 12 months remain on the whole national territory to make purchases on the Internet without paying local US taxes. In November 2003 of the next year, in fact, the moratorium made by the US Congress would end if you reside in a place other than that of the vendor.

If the proposal to extend the moratorium also made by many associations such as the American Electronics Association, the Consumer Electronics Association, the Information Technology Association of America, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Software and Information Industry Association, the coffers of states will not be accepted. USA, always grappling with budget problems, may experience heavy gains.

Suffice it to say that a University of Tennessee study predicts for 2006, in the North American nation alone, as much as 45 billion dollars in purchases made online, a figure that in 2001 should rise to as much as 55 billion dollars.