darkguy2 wrote:I have always and will always be against sales tax. I do not see how it is not double taxation. I have to pay a tax first to the federal government then my state government for my income. Then my money that was already taxed gets taxed again when I buy a item or service. Then you have to look at the other taxes that are already built into the price of the item or service. I understand that taxes are necessary but do not go taxing me again on something that was already taxed. A good example is on my father's cell phone bill. He has to pay several hundred in taxes every year for the service but he can not write that off in his income taxes. No he has to pay taxes on the money he is using to pay taxes.
Cell phones have surcharges // taxes that help the phone company pay for those cell lines, building and maintaining of
Kind of like how airlines have taxes..
Federal taxes fund things on federal level, silly as that sounds, like army, navy..those 3200 dollar toilet seats (thank you US, the contractors supplying is very happy)
State takes care of things like roads (federal takes care of some too, too lazy to look up specifics), and other things specific in state, if they cannot handle it, such as a natural disaster beyond their coffers, They ask for federal relieve.
And city taxes are often in form of sales taxes, I'm sure the city doesn't get it 100% (because how could states like Oregon collectively as a whole, the counties that is, decide not to tax at all? And get the funds from income taxes to run the city)
But i know that in CA, sale taxes varies from city, by a 1-2% average, because the city takes the money to fund certain projects, so sometimes, some counties, would raise the tax for a few years, before it goes down again..
Either way tax is like death, cannot escape it, only can find a damn good CPA, realtor/FA (depending on which you'd feel is safer) and a damn good lawyer