Are companies like Groupon cheating on sales tax?
Often when redeeming a deal from groupon and similar sites, I feel I'm overcharged on sales tax. For instance, a local pizza parlor offers a $20 groupon for $10 - when I use the groupon to buy a $20 pizza I'm usually charged sales tax on $20, as opposed to only taxing the $10 I actually spent. When a business has an in-house (no groupon) half-price sale, they charge tax based on the sale price, not the "normal" price. Anyone else see a disconnect? And who is being cheated most: consumers, or local governments which depend on sales tax revenue?