Letter: Senior Sales Tax Break
Dear Editor, Hi! One of your elderly readers here noticing a point missing from the discussion about the Internet Sales Tax scheme.
Since 1984 South Carolina has had a two-tiered sales tax: Five percent for consumers aged 85 or older and six percent for everybody under 85.
Consider the complication of old people trying to get a state sales tax break on purchases via the Internet from some outfit in Podunk-on-the-Hustings!
The elder buyer would have to scan and send a picture of his/ her ID and the company would have to re-calculate the order to provide the lawful one precent tax break.
Talk about a drag on the economy!
Does Amazon know what’s coming when it has to start collecting South Carolina sales tax?
Granted, there aren’t all that many old-timers who ask for their tax break, but it’s $1.00 saved on every $100.00 spent. Adds up! There are roughly 77,000 of us mid-octogenarians and older in South Carolina and many of us still have our wits about us and have no desire to overpay on our taxes.
Keep the pressure on.
John – Thanks so much for sharing this. You are absolutely right. This is yet another reason to let incumbent “Republican” Lindsey Graham know that raising internet taxes is a bad idea.