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.
The Daily Caller
December 10, 2013
McKane Davis’s recent opinion piece (“The Marketplace Fairness Act will be as hard to implement as Obamacare”) could not be further from reality. When our company, Simms Fishing Products in Bozeman, Montana — a tax-free shopping state — decided to sell online, we chose to collect and remit sales taxes on all applicable out-of-state sales. The process of setting this up and collecting state sales taxes has actually been much easier than we anticipated, and certainly far less complex and less costly than recent changes to our company’s health coverage.
The New York Times
December 9, 2013
On Cyber Monday this month, a big day for online shopping, the Supreme Court quietly cleared the way for states to begin collecting some $13 billion in sales taxes that go uncollected each year on Internet purchases. That development creates an important opening for hard-pressed states to update their sales-tax codes broadly.
For decades, online retailers have relied on a 1992 Supreme Court ruling to avoid sales-tax collection in states where they have no physical presence. That has given them an unfair advantage over brick-and-mortar retailers and has deprived states of billions of dollars of sales tax revenue.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 9, 2013
The refusal by the U.S. Supreme Court last week to get involved in a New York fight over taxing Internet sales emphasizes the need for Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act. A federal law authorizing states to collect sales taxes from Internet sellers such as Amazon and Overstock could bring needed consistency to what has been a confusing, messy and bitterly fought issue.
Lacking that consistency from the feds, states are now left to their own devices, meaning that buyers may or may not pay sales taxes when buying, say, an iPad, simply depending on where they live. That's hardly fair, and it puts government in the unhealthy business of picking winners and losers among sellers.
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