Thought Provoking Thursday: Filing Back Taxes


Thought Provoking Thursday

Filing Back Taxes

Should a company be able to charge back taxes?


Welcome to another Thought Provoking Thursday here at Madame Deals! This morning while going through my email box I noticed something strange in my inbox, an email from my favorite online retailer, Amazon. I thought at first it might be a scam because it was labeled “Tennessee Tax Information”. Amazon doesn’t charge tax! Well, at least they didn’t until January 1st of this year. I was expecting that and had no problem paying sales tax on my first purchase of the year. What I was not okay with was the content of the email that was sent by amazon.


So here is my question…

Should companies be able to charge back taxes?

This was not something I was aware of, I have been shopping at Amazon for a long time and I’ve never had to pay sales tax. I have no problem paying the sales tax now, when I had notice that I was going to have to, but I don’t think I should have to pay back taxes from all of last year at once. If I would have known this was going to happen, I would have just shopped at a brick and mortar store in town, and not had to pay shipping! I have heard the argument of this is money I owe to the state and that by buying from Amazon I was evading paying taxes. And now I was paying for that. While I do see where someone would get this, I don’t agree with it. As I said before I don’t mind paying the sale tax now that I know it is going to be taken out, but I don’t think I (or anyone else) should be responsible for back taxes from last years purchases.

So I ask you, should companies be able to charge back taxes? Why or Why not?

I would love to hear your opinion in the comments!

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