If you fail to collect and pay taxes that you are legally required to pay, not only will you be liable for the amount of the taxes, but you will face additional penalties and interest for failing to pay on time. The taxing agency/body may issue tax warrants and/or liens against you. If this happens, they will have the ability to pursue collection of the unpaid amounts due. Tools that they may use to collect against you include, but are not limited to garnishment of wages, garnishment of bank accounts, seizure and sale of property, etc... In short, it is probably best to pay your taxes, whether you agree with them or not.
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Not sure if there is an internet sales tax in your state, but there are in many states already.
FWIW, setting artificial fuel prices is a socialist approach to economic management that would required additional taxes from somewhere else to make up the subsidy.
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If there is a tax law that someone refuses to follow, then the normal rules are available to the state and to the federal government to enforce collection. If you wish to stage a tax protest lots of luck. You will need more than luck; you will need a miracle.
I recommend Avalara to my clients to address their sales tax needs.
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If you want to protest this proposed legislation, then now is the time - not after it is enacted. Write you senators and representatives. Tell them you don't want a law that forces out of state (remote) vendors to have use tax collection responsibilities. It is technically not a sales tax that they are proposing these remote vendors collect, it is a use tax.
Honestly - the taxes are already due. The proposed law just put collection responsibility on remote vendors. The in state purchasers are responsible for remitting the use tax now.
To answer your question - it would not be pretty if vendors decided to ingore the fedeal law in protest. Very likely it would turn into personal liability for the busienss owners. For example, Florida has a 200% penalty imposed on owners, officers, and directors for their company's failure to pay the sales and use tax liabilities of their company. It gets enforced in Florida and the result is never pretty.
If you purchase an item on the internet and the seller does not collect Sales tax, then you are obligated to self report the purchase to the Washington Department of Revenue and pay Use tax. The same rules have always applied if you buy goods in Oregon and bring them back to Washington.