An Internet sales tax rant
It is outrageous that the federal government continues to give the middle finger to brick-and-mortar businesses across the country by failing to fix a broken sales tax system.
It’s time for the House of Representatives to take a deep breath, put down the poison darts, and get to work on this issue.
It’s possible that our elected representatives may just be tired and/or stressed out. After all, they have been busy with various tantrums, government shutdowns, bad health care websites and general ill will.
But this does not excuse the fact that brick-and-mortar businesses are being openly discriminated against with bad laws that can only be fixed by the adoption of good ones. This is not a big government versus small government issue. This is about good government versus bad government and the current situation is baaaaaaad.
San Jose Mercury News
December 4, 2013
It was fitting that the U.S. Supreme Court chose the busiest online shopping day of the year -- Cyber Monday -- to announce its refusal to get involved in online retailers' fight to keep their customers from having to pay state sales taxes.
The decision means New York's online sales tax will stand, as it should. And the court's hands-off conclusion signals that it's time for Congress to finally pass the uniform online sales tax policy for all states that's stalled in the House.
Consumers have been legally obligated all along to calculate and pay state sales taxes on their online purchases, but it's a miracle when somebody takes the time to send the state a check.
As a result, local brick and mortar stores are at a serious disadvantage...
The Salt Lake Tribune
December 3, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court fittingly chose the day known as Cyber Monday — when online Christmas shopping is said to reach its peak — to announce that it would not stop states from collecting sales tax on online purchases.
That is a reasonable decision, but it hardly settles the matter. Which is why Congress should now step up and pass the bill known as The Marketplace Fairness Act, a measure designed to bring some fairness and order to what had been the lawless universe of online commerce.
San Francisco Chronicle
December 2, 2013
Companies challenging New York's extension of its online sales tax are concerned by the prospect of navigating a variety of state laws. Even though the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the case, the online retailers are not out of options if their issue is consistency.
They should go to Congress to set a national standard on the rules for taxing online purchases. The Senate recently passed the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013, which would require companies with online sales of $1 million or more to apply state sales taxes to purchases.
The case for exempting Internet purchases from taxation in order to nurture a fledgling means of commerce is obsolete. Online sales are flourishing, and those businesses no longer need any protection from the competition of brick-and-mortar stores. If anything, they need to lose the sales-tax advantage over stores that actually hire our neighbors, support local charities and pay property taxes in our communities.
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