reason #2836 why i love new hampshire.

So the government of Taxachusetts is miffed because the subjects of the Volksrepublik go shopping in our state, where there’s no sales tax.  One of their targets is a tire chain called Town Fair Tire, which has a few shops in southern NH, and a lot of shops in MA.  The state of MA ordered Town Fair Tire to start collecting 5% sales tax from MA customers who dare to go across the state line into NH to purchase new tires.

In response, the NH House just unanimously passed a law that makes it all but impossible for other states to collect sales taxes from NH companies for purchases made by out-of-staters in New Hampshire.

I wonder how long it takes before MA starts building an “anti-capitalist protection wall” on the border, and starts issuing permission slips to its residents before letting them out of the Workers’ Paradise to go shopping in NH.

14 thoughts on “reason #2836 why i love new hampshire.

  1. Don says:

    What I found most interesting in the article was that the MA revenoors audited the NH tire stores. What gives them the authority? I’d tell them to go pound sand.

  2. Marko says:

    I think they used the fact that the chain has stores in MA as leverage.

  3. perlhaqr says:

    Too bad they don’t have more stores in NH than MA. I’d say, close the MA locations, offer an extra 5% discount to purchasers from MA, and give both middle fingers to Taxachussetts.

  4. Mike says:

    I wonder if MA has a tax on labor. If not, it’d be funny to see the tire chain stop charging for parts, and only charge labor that strangely would equal the cost of parts.

    “Free tires with installation!”

  5. crankylitprof says:

    We have similar issues with the PA (ridiculous taxes)/DE (no sales tax at all) line.

  6. deadcenter says:

    maybe MA will establish tire inspection stations on the border, then issue citations equal to the 5% sales tax plus court costs.

  7. MedicMatthew says:

    Here in Maine when we file our income taxes we are supposed to report any purchases made in states with no sales tax such as New Hampshire and pay a 5% sales tax to the State of Maine. Yeah, right. I’m not that far from North Conway and when shopping for big ticket items in Portland it is much cheaper to just take a drive to Portsmouth (plus you get to drive over the Piscataquis River Bridge and sing the Maine Sixteen Counties song).

  8. Tom says:

    “(plus you get to drive over the Piscataquis River Bridge and sing the Maine Sixteen Counties song)”

    Oh come on, you mean that isn’t worth 5% to you?

  9. perlhaqr says:

    So, what’s the justification here, anyway?

    I figure the argument from states with sales tax (beyond “we want your fucking money and we have the guns”) is that the state government provides an environment conducive to doing business, and in order to pay for all those regulations you have to put up with, they charge sales tax.

    But if you’re buying stuff in another state, they aren’t providing that environment. Somebody else is. So why the hell should you have to pay MA for something MA isn’t giving you?

    Amusing anecdote from this weekend. My friend Eli (who is originally from Nashua) was here in Albuquerque this weekend, up from Magdalena. We’re walking past my run-into-by-an-idiot-while-parked Suburban, which was technically totalled, but still drives fine, with it’s very wrinkled body, and he says “Y’know, it’s lucky for you that you don’t live in Massachussetts.”

    I responded “I prefer to think if that more as ‘design’ than ‘luck’.”

  10. NMM1AFan says:

    Hey, I already feel like I’m going to East Germany every time I drive to Mass. to see the parents…

    Regards,

  11. Mark Alger says:

    I don’t suppose that the collection of sales taxes on interstate transactions is forbidden by Article 1, Section 9 of the Constitution was pointed out to the idiots in Mass?

    M

  12. MarkHB says:

    I actually saw Dauntless’ model laptop in PC world yesterday.

    For a grand.

    Ha. Hahahahahaha. Ahhhh hahahahhahahahaaa.

    Ahhh.

  13. Chip says:

    We go you one better here in Illinois. If you live in Crook (cook) County which has a higher sales tax than the other counties and you buy a car in another county, the dealer is required by state law to gather the tax for cook county and send it to them. The state also requires us to figure out what the sales tax would be on an item we purchase on the internet and send a check to the state. You can imagine how well that law is followed.

  14. Antibubba says:

    I wonder how long it takes before MA starts building an “anti-capitalist protection wall”.

    You should be so lucky.

    Hey! I got it! NH could send out a crew to kidnap a prominent MA**hole (any Kennedy will do), and hold him until the tax is ransomed back. There’ll be no reprisals because MA will respond like the UN would.

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