Posts Tagged: Taxes

Soon airlines will finally be forced to post the real price

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Finally. It doesn’t happen often, but there is a new regulation that I wholeheartedly support. Starting from January 24th 2012 airfares in ads will have to include taxes and fees. Yes! It means when the ticket costs $1500 it won’t be advertised as $500 super fare, which just happen to have extra thousand bucks in […]

City of Austin about to raise tax rates, still has deficit

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Well, what a shocking development. The city of Austin ran out of money and is going to raise taxes and do it by just 3% because that way they don’t have to put it up for a vote. It’s mind-boggling, partially because the city spends money on stuff like a freaking boardwalk by the lake […]

Amazon: now without Illinois affiliates

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And the attempt to force collection of local taxes goes on. Today’s example — Illinois. Governor has finally signed the law that expands nexus of presence of online stores to affiliates, which means as soon as company has a link affiliate in the state, it has to start collecting local sales tax. This is no […]

Amazon to Texas: fine, we’ll close the distribution center

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Amazon is not a stranger to a tax fight, and looks like that fight has just escalated. Amazon’s VP of Operations has just sent a letter, announcing closing of Dallas suburb fulfillment center because the state of Texas demanded $269 million in uncollected sales taxes from 2005 till 2009 plus penalties and interest (you know, […]

Vonage invents a new “IP fee”

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Several years ago I switched from my local phone company (which was MCI at the time) to Vonage. They were brand spanking new company at the time, and were hip, honest, to-the-point, and much cheaper than what a bundle of local services cost. As the years went by, Vonage turned into one of the “big” […]