Believe in free markets and the rule of law? Then you should support sales tax fairness!
As a retailer that does millions in business both on-line and over-the-counter, I want to voice my opinion about the Marketplace Fairness Act. This legislation isn’t about protecting retailers from free-market competition, or running to the government for help. It isn’t about buying discounted products on-line, or the Federal government telling states how to enforce sales tax. It’s about responsibility and an even-handed, nation-wide method of collecting the sales taxes that are due in 45 of the 50 states in the Union.
This is not a new tax. Anytime out-of-state retail, internet and catalog companies decline to collect sales tax at the time of the purchase, those 45 states and the District of Columbia already require the consumer to report it, and pay it when we/they file their state tax return. Those purchases aren’t tax-free under the law and many of consumers dodge these taxes daily.
March 5, 2014
Gov. Dave Heineman has a golden opportunity to lower Nebraska’s income tax, which has long been one of his priorities, if Congress acts this year to return to Nebraska authority over its own tax code. To encourage lower tax rates in states across the country and jumpstart economic activity and job growth, Congress must first take action to end decades of government favoritism granted to online businesses.
The Washington Times (AP)
March 4, 2014
Hawaii lawmakers are trying to level the playing field for retailers on the islands by mandating taxes on Internet sales transactions.
The state House of Representatives approved a bill Tuesday that would require online retailers to collect taxes and pay them to the state.
February 28, 2014
When you shop online, you usually aren't charged sales tax. How much is that hurting Nebraska?
It's estimated the state is losing up to $50 million a year on people not paying online sales taxes.
The Marketplace Fairness Act could change the way you shop online. It would require online businesses with more than $1 million in annual sales to collect sales tax.
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