Ohio needs change, NOW !
Washington D.C. can't fix a problem that Ohio created..
The State of Ohio (Government) is Guilty of a Discriminatory
Tax against its own Ohio Retailers and Consumers. With the
65 years that the State of Ohio has had with the Ohio Revised
Codes 5739 (Sales-Tax) and 5741 (Use-Tax), they have not
been able to ensure that retailers (in/out of the State) would
remain on an equal and fair basis with the Ohio Consumer.
The Ohio Consumer is also penalized (with higher cost)
when the consumer choses to support a retailer locally, or
within the State of Ohio. This is unfair to the Consumer,
and unfairly takes away local support that local retailers
need to justify retail store overhead.
Revised Code 5741 (Use-Tax) promised to "protect" Ohio
Retailers from an unfair advantage that the out-of-state
retailers would have with the Ohio consumer when the
Revised Code 5739 was put into law in 1936 (and that was
when the sales-tax rate was one-half of one percent with
no piggy-back taxes from the County Government).
Major changes should have taken place, with the above Ohio
Revised Codes, (back in the 1960's) when ATT invented the
"800 Toll-Free Wats" service giving the Ohio consumers
simple access to retailers out of the State of Ohio. So this is
NOT A NEW PROBLEM CAUSED BY THE INTERNET !
The State of Ohio, and all States which have Sales-Tax on
Retail Sales, have all been negligent in their responsibility
of protecting their own Retail stores from unfair out-of-state
retailers who are not required to charge, collect and pay the
Use-Tax (equal to the Sales-Tax). This is a problem that
those States created to themselves, and has nothing to do
with Washington D.C. ! The State of Ohio already has laws
on the books to protect the Ohio Retailers, including any
type of out-of-state purchase made in any way by an Ohio
consumer, by simply requiring the Ohio consumer to pay
the Use-Tax to the State of Ohio. The Big Problem is that
the State of Ohio has NO-WAY to police/enforce this law
since it does not have the ability to monitor all shipments
coming into the State of Ohio to see if the Sales/Use-Tax
was paid, or not. They want the Ohio consumer to volunteer
the payments of Use-Tax to the State of Ohio. How often
do you think an Ohio Consumer sends in a check for Use-
Tax, without any notification from the State of Ohio that the
tax is due ? This responsibility includes catalog, mail-order
and even Internet E-Commerce ! The Sales/Use-Tax that
the Ohio Consumer is not charged on their out-of-state
purchase, is most often, the the biggest part of the savings,
seen by the consumer, when they compare that to making
the same purchase within the State of Ohio.
My comments will be concerning The State of Ohio, it's laws
and what attitudes the State of Ohio Elected Politicians and
State and County Tax Department personnel have which
further confuse this issue. Any employee of the State of Ohio,
or County Tax Department, as well as, any U.S. House or
U.S. Senator from Ohio, or any State of Ohio State Senator
or House Representative are all welcome to E-Mail me
Rick Wells> firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will be glad to post their opinon on this page if they so
desire. I have written to many of them numerous times and
they all are very consistent. Very little response, I guess the
issue is too big for them to handle! The continuance, of the
Ohio Sales-Tax to the Ohio Consumer by the Ohio retailer, is
destructive, because the Ohio Legistrative Body (State of Ohio
Senators and State House Representatives) does not take the
responsible action needed to either; 1.) abolish all sales/use-tax
with respect to general merchandise, or, 2.) be able to, by State
of Ohio enforcment means, verify that no package is delivered
to any Ohio Resident, from any out-of-state supplier, without the
State-of-Ohio Use-Tax paid, prior to delivery, or is checked to
verify that Ohio Use-Tax would be due from the Ohio Resident,
and if so, process the necessary billing directly with the Ohio
resident to collect the unpaid use-tax.
Only the State-of-Ohio Legistrative Body can change the State
Sales-Tax Laws, which in their current form, continue to be the
most unfair to Ohio Retailers. The general attitude, of the State
of Ohio government taxation departments, regarding the ability
of retailers to surrive, in a very competitive market, is to have
adequate cash-flow. The fact is, however, it's the State-of-Ohio's
unfair taxation laws that affect the cash-flow abilities of Ohio
retailers the most, and, if the Ohio Legistrative Body does not
take the necessary steps to correct this, or, continue to ignore
this, then they are guilty of financially choking the Ohio retailers
ability to compete for the local consumers support.
All State of Ohio Sales-Taxes need to be abolished. All County
Piggy-Back Sales-Taxes also need to be abolished. The lost
revenues that the State and County governments need must be
made up with Income-Tax increases from Individuals and
Corporations (Not property taxes which also hurt fixed-income
individuals and penalize retailers for stocking inventories).
The two U.S. Senators from Ohio are on record of being exact
opposite on this issue. One of them wants a permanent "tax-
free" basis on E-Commerce, the other wants taxation as a
requirement. Of course, the latter has no explanation of how
the State of Ohio could improve on its collection ratio with
E-Commerce versus what the State of Ohio has done with
the mail-order/catalog protection that Ohio Revised Code
5741 didn't do for the Ohio retailer the past 30+ years.
Believe it or not, many Ohio State House Representatives and
State Senators do not think that Ohio Consumers use Mail-
Order and Internet to avoid paying the Ohio Sales-Tax. It
is very important that you call and write to your Ohio elected
Representatives (both House and Senate) and express your
concern regarding the above issues. They are the only people
who can change the Ohio Laws that affect Taxation methods.
Calling the State of Ohio Taxation Department, especially the
Sales-Tax Department is a waste of time as they will simply
tell you that they don't make the rules, nor can they change
them, no matter how unfair they are.
LETTER TO ALL OHIO CONSUMERS - - TAXATION, OHIO
January 12, 2001 Letter Sent: The-Truth
January 17, 2001 Letter Sent: Use-Tax-Exemptions
January 18, 2001 Letter Sent: Governor-WMJI
May 10, 2001 Letter Sent: Disaster-for-Ohio-Retailers
Warning to ALL Ohio Citizens and Businesses - Legislators
Lots more coming on this issue ! !
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