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It's shopping season

Nothing says holidays like articles about shopping and information about how states are trying to get their piece of the action by encouraging the payment of sales tax on online purchases. States keep talking about the billions of dollars they are losing by not being able to collect sales tax on online purchases. Meanwhile, use tax laws languish and consumers continue to bypass them, as do the states for the most part.

Rather than trying to enact new laws for sales tax on online purchases that are made out-of-state, should we put our collective heads together and try to figure out how to mobilize the consumers of our nation to pay the use taxes that they almost unanimously ignore? I don't have the solution because those use tax laws seem like they were designed to fail. But I expect state taxing agencies would love to hear some creative ideas.


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Caleb Newquist is the Editor-in-Chief of Sift Media US, overseeing content for both AccountingWEB and Going Concern.

Prior to this role, Caleb served as the editor of Going Concern since its founding in 2009. During his time as editor, Going Concern quickly became one of the most popular and talked about websites in the accounting profession. He has been named one of Accounting Today's Top 100 Most Influential People every year since 2011 and has been published on numerous websites, including Above the Law, Deadspin, Denver Business Journal, and the Huffington Post.

Caleb is an adjunct professor of journalism the Community College of Denver in Denver, Colorado, where he teaches Internet Media.

Prior to falling bass ackwards into the media business, Caleb spent over five years working in public accounting, with more than three of those years at KPMG. Caleb received a Master of Science in Accounting from Colorado State University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

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