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Maine…Cabela’s again!

Posted by salestax on September 11, 2006

 The Bangor Daily News comes down hard on Cabela’s for trying to finagle their way out of having to collect sales tax.  See the article here.  Really, if you’re familiar with the Quill vs. North Dakota U.S. Supreme court decision, it’s easy to realize that what Cabela’s is doing is simply verifying that the state of Maine will uphold that decision and not try interpret their own version of nexus to include affiliates, sister companies, etc.; thus, relieving them of a collection and remittance burden.  The Bangor staff points out that the state stands to lose 500K of sales tax revenue; what they don’t mention is that the new store will likely triple that amount of annual sales tax revenue, plus provide jobs and other economic stability to the area in which it locates.

Further, the staff also failed to mention that when out of state retailers selling through the mail are not required to collect sales taxes, the purchasing public is legally required to submit the equal amount of tax that would have otherwise been due directly to the state.  So, pay it when you visit the store’s location or pay it over later – either way those truly getting the benefit are those who buy via the catalog or online and don’t remit; not Cabela’s.  Don’t believe me?  See this release regarding Maine’s push for compliance, or this article on MSN’s moneycentral.

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One Response to “Maine…Cabela’s again!”

  1. salestax said

    Cabela’s decided not to go forth with sales tax preferential treatment in Maine. They withdrew their request and are considering “alternative plans.” Looks like it might work out for the Maine workforce. Read more here.

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