Comment: Someone already pointed out

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Someone already pointed out

that the businesses already spend a huge amount of time collecting and amassing payroll taxes, but I don't know about other states, but in California, the sales tax is actually a tax on the business, not the customer. The businesses add the price of the tax to the goods to avoid having to pay it. It's a standard business practice and it makes sense, but if you see a price, for example, of $49.99, it's always $49.99+tax. Businesses do not, of course, have to pass this tax directly on to the customer, but why on earth wouldn't they? They're going to have to pay it anyway whether they do or not, and at least it makes the customer aware of the price increase caused by the tax. Of course, in order to do that they have to keep track of it all, but since they have to do that anyway, it doesn't really cause any increase in paperwork. It's a small distinction, but an important one for legal reasons.