Shyster wrote:I did my PA taxes using the PA Direct File site last night. I noticed that the site (as well as the new PA-40 paper form) now asks you to calculate and submit use taxes. Use taxes are the inverse of sales tax; when you buy something out of state (like from Amazon, for example), you are supposed to send Pennsylvania the same amount that you would have paid in sales tax had you bought that in state. Not surprisingly, nobody ever does that, and that tax largely goes uncollected.
Using the anonymity offered by the internet, does anyone actually plan on going back through all of your online 2011 purchases and sending the state 6% use tax (7% if you live in Allegheny County) on everything the Commonwealth considers taxable? I must admit that the amount I entered might have been slightly "inaccurate."
Oh yeah... I feel an obligation to pay the government as much as I can possibly afford to.