Friday, April 26, 2013

Tax Free Internet Shopping Threatened

Some of you may have heard there's a bill working its way through the U.S. Senate that will allow states to charge sales tax on internet sales. I was a bit confused over the details, but this Independent Institute article cleared it up for me.

Apparently it allows states that have sales taxes (some don't) to join together and agree to collect sales taxes for each other. Thus, California could join with other states that have sales taxes and internet retailers in those other states would the be required to collect California sales taxes on purchases made from California.

For that reason alone, this is wrong. If a state wants to collect their own sales taxes on sales to out- of- state customers, they should be free to do so just as they already do when someone travels to their state and buys something. If I drive to Nevada and buy a computer, I pay Nevada sales taxes, not California's. That's as it should be.

States shouldn't be allowed to collect sales taxes for purchases from other than their own state. That should be illegal under federal law for interfering in interstate commerce. Sadly, it looks like we're heading the other direction.


At 7:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Henchman Of Justice" says,

It seems that certain states messed-up so bad with its finances that businesses realize that it is time to attack businesses in other states because dealing with California bureaucrats is a LOSE-LOSE waste of life.

So, now ya have fledgling California intrastate businesses who can't compete with themselves and must resort to attacking their interstate competitors as only "blind mice can do when concentrating their angry efforts at their own brethren instead of their own state government", see how backstabbing California businesses can be when to wussified to go after the real culprits - The Public Sector?


At 7:44 AM, Blogger Travis said...

Just another in a long line of legislation they tried to cram down our throats after the Boston bombings at least C.I.S.P.A. did not pass what do you think of Obama's executive order to eliminate imports of ammunition ammunition assessories guns and gun parts into the United States Oh My I add that he's using the United Nations small arms treaty as a pretext for this executive order and now the FBI admits publicly that they had prior knowledge of the bombing suspect yet somehow failed to stop their attack even though they have pictures of private contractors all over the event standing literally less than 20 feet away from where the bombs exploded

At 8:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Henchman Of Justice" says,

How about a penalty for online businesses that "dupe their customer base". The way that online businesses "rig their orders" costs Americans much more than the "base cost" of the transaction.

Afterall, how often did an online shopper have to spend an exhorbitant amount of time dealing with an online business and its fraudulant practices and any other excuses that cause an online shopper to spend more time and energy than compared to shopping locally.

It is believed that hundreds of millions of consumer dollars are lost to online business order scams and theft.

So, why tax when ya can penalize?



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