With most Canadians living about an hour from the border, many motorcyclists in the Great White North shop online for parts from the US, in an attempt to change money. But, upcoming changes may make that less attractive.
First off, most Canadians have heard by now that the US government is considering a border crossing charge. They’ve talked about this idea before, and quashed it, but in an attempt to raise money to pay for their grand illegals-proof fence to the south, rumour has it they’re working on another plan to charge us.
But wait, there’s more! US government masterminds are also a little bit peeved about this newfangled Internet economy. To their great surprise, many Americans aren’t paying their state sales tax voluntarily, when they purchase things online. In order to regain all those funds, which the perpetrators are probably spending on things like food and housing instead of sending their politicians on vacation, the US is considering some sort of Internet sales tax.
So the question is – how would such a move affect Canadians, who usually ship their Internet purchases to a US address? Would they be charged the sales tax for that state, or what?
It wouldn’t be a terrible thing if more business was directed back towards Canadian brick-and-mortar dealers. And now, there are also many based-in-Canada web dealers competing for our bucks, so even if business with the States becomes unfeasible financially, our dollars should still stretch farther.