I just ordered three blu-rays off Amazon. The bill came to $44.03 and, since California forced Amazon's hand and now Amazon collects sales tax in California, the sales tax came to $0.48
Huh? How's that? That's only about 1%. California's tax rate is 8%. (That's right, it's 8%. When I was a kid it was only 6%, and the state is in worse shape now than it was then--but that's a story for a different post).
Being a math guy it didn't take me long to figure out how that worked. Only one of the disks, at $5.98, is being sold directly by Amazon. 8% of $5.98 is 48 cents. Amazon isn't collecting the tax for the other two entities.
Goofy tax law.