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43 States Support Internet Sales Tax

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In a 9news article, I read that forty-three states support the idea of a sales tax for Internet purchases even if the vendor doesn’t have a presence in the state you are buying in. The system in place is voluntary and it’s called the Internet Tax Freedom Act, the coalition of states pushing to make it mandatory is called the Conforming States Committee. They estimate the loss to be around $16B!

I personally think that the current state of taxing the internet is fair: if a business has a presence in your state, it should be required to collect taxes; otherwise you purchase it tax free. I think taxing internet sales will probably not generate as much income as they project and they probably aren’t losing $16B in taxes as they claim. This is also state income that is being lost, not federal income, so when the streets aren’t plowed and the potholes aren’t filled – think of that book you bought on Amazon.

Those politicians are always trying to squeeze every last penny out of us and then spending it in the most inefficient method possible.

I’m done ranting now. 🙂

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4 Responses to “43 States Support Internet Sales Tax”

  1. Jose says:

    Hey, the government has a lot of social programs to spend on. They always need new ways of charging the people who work hard to help those who don’t. 🙂

    I think internet sales tax would be fair to those who buy on brick and mortar stores. (either you tax both, or you don’t tax either).

    However, if they put internet sales tax they will decrease some of the online business and hurt the overall economy.

  2. Shannon says:

    I disagree with online buying sales tax, they us to the bone >:(

  3. Ben says:

    I am also all for Internet sales tax. These online stores use affiliates in every state to get sales and then the stores claim no presence? I have to pay more in other taxes because stores like amazon and moose don’t have to collect the sales tax.

  4. thunderthighs says:

    I find a federal Internet tax repugnant. In what way is the federal coffer deserving of a cut of online shopping dollars? I’m drawing a blank.

    Most galling is its name, the Internet Tax *Freedom* Act.

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