In The News: 03-21-2014

Apple Trims iPhone Return Policy

Apple has cut the time in which you have to change your mind about buying that new iPhone from 30 days to 14. This is more in line with the return policies on other Apple products.

 

Customers are still liable for early termination fees for their contract with the carrier as well.

OneNote For Macs On The Way

Word is that Microsoft is planning on releasing a free version of its versatile OneNote program for Macs. Currently OneNote is part of Office, but the company is looking to make it available free for both Mac and Windows.

Let me tell you, it’s good news. OneNote is an incredibly versatile and useful tool.¬† I have it on my PC and my Android Phone.

Congress  Looking For Internet Sales Tax Alternative

The chairman of the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee says the House needs to find an alternative to the The Marketplace Fairness Act, a law that requires online retailer to charge sales tax to customers based on where they live.

Representative Bob Goodlatte admitted that Congress didn’t necessarily think through how retailers were supposed to pay for installing and running software to keep track of the taxes. One option would be that the seller would charge taxes based on the seller’s location.

~ Cynthia

0 thoughts on “In The News: 03-21-2014

  1. I don’t care to pay tax on stuff I buy on line even more so if it’s not in the same state I live in. If I was visiting the state sure tax me what ever the tax is for that state. Why change the rules now???

  2. There have been several firms who developed programs for charging sales taxes on the internet, depending on states. This ahould have been done a long time ago. Too much drama with this. Get it done!!!

  3. I wrote to my senator about this very subject, and his reply was that he voted for it because it wasn’t fair for the instate “Brick and morter” stores to not charge the sales tax. I disagree, because it will never be cost effective for the online sales people who barely make any profit anyway, and also, how about the overseas vendors? While I have sympathy for the instate people, I also wonder if the politicians ever thought it through. the amourn of money they think they are going to receive will not be enough to overcome the cost of administering the program. I think it is just greed on the part of the politicians. The “sales tax” is just that, an excise tax on the priviledge of selling to someone and making a profit, and because it is an excise tax, the vendor is allowed topass the tax onto the buyer. I have a feeling that this little concept is lost on just about everyone. When I buy something, I am not charged a tax for the “priviledge” of buying, because I can buy from whomever I choose, and I don’t make any profit, but the vendor, on the other hand, just might, after he pays for his lights and rent and all the other taxes he is forced to pay to stay in business. He may just break even, or even lose in the great sceme of things. But then, so does the online seller, who still competes with the brick and morter store. I just recently chose to purchase an item at a local store because the cost of shipping far outweighed any savings I would have gained by purchasing online, it was just too heavy. Now they expect the online vendors to go to the expense of figuring out how much sales tax to charge for every state that has a sales tax, and then send it on to these individual states.

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