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Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:16 am
by spoonyliger
I'm very puzzled by this.

On a trip to CVS yesterday my subtotal was $65.44. The receipt says that NY tax is 7.375% which added $3.99 to my subtotal.

However, when I punch it into the calculator by using a rule of three (if $65.44 is 100% then $3.99 is x%), $3.99 actually turned out to be... *drumroll*

6.097%

What happened?

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:37 am
by IVstudios
SHYAMALAN ALTERNATE ENDING: The goblin inside the cash register was running low on pixy dust and made a mistake.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 7:45 am
by spoonyliger
IVstudios wrote:SHYAMALAN ALTERNATE ENDING: The goblin inside the cash register was running low on pixy dust and made a mistake.

Gwahahahah! IV you're amazing! I am willing to believe that.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:52 am
by LibertyCabbage
spoonyliger wrote:What happened?

Did you get any medicine or groceries? A lot of states exempt those items from their sales tax.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:19 am
by peterabnny
Bank error in your favor. Collect $200

(oh, and what LC said, probably)

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 11:57 am
by spoonyliger
peterabnny wrote:Bank error in your favor. Collect $200

(oh, and what LC said, probably)

lol, is that a Monopoly reference.

Yea, I actually bought some Froot Loops and energy bars. Maybe those didn't get taxed and threw me off my accountings.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:45 pm
by McDuffies
IVstudios wrote:SHYAMALAN ALTERNATE ENDING: The goblin inside the cash register was running low on pixy dust and made a mistake.

Or spoony is actually dead and in ourgatory. That explains everything.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:15 pm
by Rkolter
Sales tax is not so simple. There are products that are not subject to sales tax. There are products that are subject to some taxes but not others, products that are subject to additional taxation, products that are subject to sales tax only under certain conditions (frozen meal - no sales tax; frozen meal heated up in the store - sales tax). Then there are outright mistakes where something is not taxed correctly. The 7.375% you quote is not a hard and fast "you can multiply what you buy by this and get your tax due." kind of rule.

Oh, and hi everyone! *wave*

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 5:58 am
by LibertyCabbage
Rkolter wrote:Oh, and hi everyone! *wave*

It's good to see you 'round again.

spoonyliger wrote:Froot Loops

Mmmm. Froot Loops.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:25 pm
by Yeahduff
Oh hey there.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2012 1:26 pm
by McDuffies
Hi Rkolter!
It's simpler over here, everything is taxed.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:18 am
by Rkolter
Heh. Simpler, but how do you keep your hordes of tax accountants fed then? Tell me that? Without a complex system of taxation, you can't possibly manage to feed and clothe all those people who have no real skills other than the ability to understand tens of thousands of pages of complex tax code!

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:49 am
by LibertyCabbage
Rkolter wrote:Heh. Simpler, but how do you keep your hordes of tax accountants fed then? Tell me that? Without a complex system of taxation, you can't possibly manage to feed and clothe all those people who have no real skills other than the ability to understand tens of thousands of pages of complex tax code!

Rkolter 1, bullshit economics 0. Although I highly doubt that the IRS agents actually understand their own tax code anyways.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 12:52 pm
by McDuffies
Rkolter wrote:Heh. Simpler, but how do you keep your hordes of tax accountants fed then? Tell me that? Without a complex system of taxation, you can't possibly manage to feed and clothe all those people who have no real skills other than the ability to understand tens of thousands of pages of complex tax code!

Tax accountants are but a tiny fragments of enormous bureaucratic apparatus consisting largely of someone's relatives that our country cherishes. A kind of folks who are allowed to take a three-hour break in the middle of work day in order to watch the tennis match (tennis is our latest craze), even though I may have documents that have to be urgently processed. Not to mention that, despite ubiquitousness of computers, you still can't get your stuff done any faster than you did in 1985.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 6:33 am
by peterabnny
McDuffies wrote:
Rkolter wrote:Heh. Simpler, but how do you keep your hordes of tax accountants fed then? Tell me that? Without a complex system of taxation, you can't possibly manage to feed and clothe all those people who have no real skills other than the ability to understand tens of thousands of pages of complex tax code!

Tax accountants are but a tiny fragments of enormous bureaucratic apparatus consisting largely of someone's relatives that our country cherishes. A kind of folks who are allowed to take a three-hour break in the middle of work day in order to watch the tennis match (tennis is our latest craze), even though I may have documents that have to be urgently processed. Not to mention that, despite ubiquitousness of computers, you still can't get your stuff done any faster than you did in 1985.



Some stuff you can. There's software that lets you submit your taxes online.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 3:04 pm
by McDuffies
I was talking specifically of situation in my country.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 2:25 am
by peterabnny
McDuffies wrote:I was talking specifically of situation in my country.



Ah. Things sounded so similar the way you described them it sounded like you lived here in the States. :shucks:

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:41 am
by McDuffies
I never had experience with State's bureaucracy, except that I know that it's near impossible to get USA visa, and that you have convoluted taxing system.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 12:52 am
by robotthepirate
McDuffies wrote:a tiny fragments of enormous bureaucratic apparatus consisting largely of someone's relatives that our country cherishes.


FIXED

For my country anyway.

Re: Wrong Store Tax? Warning: Math

PostPosted: Wed Sep 26, 2012 8:02 am
by McDuffies
You coulda fixed by grammar while you were at that. :)