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doufer
04-12-2011, 03:39 PM
A Democratic senator is preparing to introduce legislation that aims to end the golden era of tax-free Internet shopping.
The proposal--expected to be made public soon after Tax Day--would rewrite the ground rules for Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the ability of Americans to shop at Web sites like Amazon.com and Overstock.com without paying state sales taxes.

Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second most senior Senate Democrat, will introduce the bill after the Easter recess, a Democratic aide told CNET.
"Why should out-of-state companies that sell their products online have an unfair advantage over Main Street bricks-and-mortar businesses?" Durbin said in a speech in Collinsville, Ill., in February. "Out-of-state companies that aren't paying their fair share of taxes are sticking Illinois residents and businesses with the tab."
At the moment, Americans who shop over the Internet from out-of-state vendors aren't always required to pay sales taxes at the time of purchase. Californians buying books from Amazon.com or cameras from Manhattan's B&H Photo, for example, won't pay the sales taxes at checkout time that they would if shopping at a local mall--which is what Durbin means by giving online retailers an "unfair advantage."
On the other hand, there are some 7,500 different taxing jurisdictions in the United States, each with a set of very precise rules describing what can and can't be taxed and at what rate. That makes it challenging terrain for retailers to navigate.


http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20052999-281.html


damn liberals love to tax anything

stevarius
04-12-2011, 03:42 PM
That son of a bitch.

Heaven forbid I ever have to pay sales tax on my shoes I buy from Zappos. D:

DennisR1977
04-12-2011, 03:45 PM
I'm not sure what the laws are in all the other States, but here in Wisconsin, I'm supposed to report my purchases from online retailers when filing my taxes.

PSToolman
04-12-2011, 03:55 PM
A Democratic senator is preparing to introduce legislation that aims to end the golden era of tax-free Internet shopping.
The proposal--expected to be made public soon after Tax Day--would rewrite the ground rules for Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the ability of Americans to shop at Web sites like Amazon.com and Overstock.com without paying state sales taxes.

Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second most senior Senate Democrat, will introduce the bill after the Easter recess, a Democratic aide told CNET.
"Why should out-of-state companies that sell their products online have an unfair advantage over Main Street bricks-and-mortar businesses?" Durbin said in a speech in Collinsville, Ill., in February. "Out-of-state companies that aren't paying their fair share of taxes are sticking Illinois residents and businesses with the tab."
At the moment, Americans who shop over the Internet from out-of-state vendors aren't always required to pay sales taxes at the time of purchase. Californians buying books from Amazon.com or cameras from Manhattan's B&H Photo, for example, won't pay the sales taxes at checkout time that they would if shopping at a local mall--which is what Durbin means by giving online retailers an "unfair advantage."
On the other hand, there are some 7,500 different taxing jurisdictions in the United States, each with a set of very precise rules describing what can and can't be taxed and at what rate. That makes it challenging terrain for retailers to navigate.


http://news.cnet.com/8301-31921_3-20052999-281.html


damn liberals love to tax anything

I thought consumption tax was a conservative proposal. What are the local governments to do when their primary source of revenue is being lost to the Internet?

MonkeyC
04-12-2011, 03:56 PM
a single democratic senator introduces internet sales tax = all liberals (?) want to introduce internet sales tax

sounds like OP has the liberal blues

npaoun
04-12-2011, 03:57 PM
Why not do the opposite and remove sales tax from the brick-and-mortar stores? That would remove the advantage online retailers have, and be far less oppressive. But its all about dat dere revenue for dat dere government spending.

leafs43
04-12-2011, 03:58 PM
States have been moving towards implementing use taxes which essentially do the same thing.

But if we have to pay it at the federal level too..........raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaage!

amtharin
04-12-2011, 04:03 PM
Well that sounds about right.