21 October 2009

Well, now you've finally gone and done it.

Part of my job is to add sales tax to orders that we ship across the good old USA.

I see all different types of rates for different states and the variegates within states, counties and towns.

Most places are a constant 6 or 7%, usually an accepted rate in America.

But lately I've been seeing that number creep upward in the normally suspect areas - blue (liberal states), which we've come to expect almost.

At first I noticed areas that moved into the 8% range. Then the same areas almost overnight it seemed jumped into the 9% range. And especially now with the economy still doing poorly, I don't understand how this is beneficial.

Today, I noticed a community that crossed the threshold into the 10% range. And not just 10% or slightly over it.

Graham, Washington now has a sales tax rate of 10.6%.

Remind me never to move there, let alone visit.


Kelly said...

Whoa. And I thought we had it bad here in NYS. Guess I won't be going to Washington any time soon.

Relax Max said...

Wow. That's a lot of tax even for a blue state. Even for Washinton. I’ll stay away, I think.

Anonymous said...

I live in WA and it’s really nice up here and I don't mind paying 9.5% sales tax when I know that the money goes to new roads, schools and local stuff. When the Feds lowered the tax rate and government spending went up the states that didn't want to go broke had to raise taxes and it shows when you see lower crime rates and higher education levels in the states with higher taxes. If you don’t want to pay high taxes and aren’t worried about schools or infrastructure then move to a state with low taxes. The USA also has some of the lowest tax rates in the world; most industrial nations have higher taxes then us lucky Americans.

Anonymous said...

yea, it's crazy how more liberal states have higher tax rates. It's crazy that these places also have, statistically, lower crime, a higher standard of living, higher paying jobs, better education, and better overall state and local government.

What's the tax rates in AL, MI, and other very red states? Now how do those states compare in just about any measure of quality of life?

I'll take higher taxes if the trade off is a better life, thankyouverymuch

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Rebecca Taunton said...

lol. I'm assuming Sales tax is something similar to VAT. At the moment we're enjoying a respite of just 15% instead of 17.5%. ;-)

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Danna Hobart said...

Back in 1995 I was a long haul truck driver, and I got laid over in Seattle once. I went to a grocery store there to pick up some things, and I noticed the price of a head of lettice was $2.49. In 1995, that was simply unheard of. I don't know if it was simply the store I went to that was overcharging, or if that was the going price for the area. All I do know is that I made up my mind never to settle down in Washington, no matter how beautiful it is.

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