Skip to comments.Led by Sen. Mike Enzi, Republicans Will Vote to Raise Taxes & Tax iTunes Downloads
Posted on 03/20/2013 6:46:42 AM PDT by cotton1706
Congressional Republicans led by Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming and Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, are about to raise Americans taxes and set in place the foundation for states to be able to tax downloads from the internet, including from places like iTunes. Senators Durbin and Enzi are inserting an internet tax as an amendment to the Senate budget bill.
The tax sounds innocuous enough. The tax is hiding under legislation called the Marketplace Fairness Act. The Act purportedly just harmonizes state laws so internet sales are also taxed. After all, it is not fair that Amazon does not charge all its customers sales taxes. It puts them at a competitive advantage over mom and pop shops. Sounds good until you realize whats actually going on with this latest scheme to peddle fairness.
One day I will have a scorecard for conservatives. And those Republicans who vote for the Marketplace Fairness Act in any form will be blackballed from that scorecard. Until then, I hope groups like Club for Growth and Heritage Action will score against it. It is a damnable piece of legislation whose backers are a whos who of major corporations.
The staggering irony of the Marketplace Fairness Act is that it is written by states craving more money and massive corporations like Wal-Mart who want to hurt small businesses that have become successfully competitive against big retailers online. And in selling the Marketplace Fairness Act, these big businesses and governments have hired lobbyists to claim the law actually benefits small businesses. But the backers are a whose who of major corporations who have a history of using their connections in government to hurt small businesses that have figured out how to successfully compete against big businesses.
Even more shameful, these big businesses and state governments have been pouring money into conservative outfits and right-of-center lobbying outfits to try to convince conservatives that tapping a massive new revenue stream for states to balance budgets is somehow a conservative milestone.
Some of those supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act are good people with good intentions who believe the law is noble in purpose and buy the spin. But many are bought and paid for by the major corporations who have for too long rigged the system to their advantage by shutting out entrepreneurial competitors through the tax code and other laws.
Republicans who vote for the Marketplace Fairness Act, including Mike Enzi, should be, metaphorically speaking because itd otherwise be illegal, flogged.
I dont shop online to avoid sales taxes. I do so for convenience and because I hate people and dont want to interact with people in a store. (kind of kidding) I dont really care if I have to pay sales taxes online. It just sounds so fair.
As weve learned from Barack Obama, beware politicians peddling fairness. Republicans doing this are about to open a pandoras box and, behind closed doors, they admit they know it. Are you ready for your downloads from iTunes to be taxed?
The nation has thus far successfully shielded the internet from Washington taxation and regulation for decades, and the Marketplace Fairness Act would break the floodgates open. Even more troubling, the Marketplace Fairness Act establishes a pretty solid precedent that the federal government can step in to regulate state tax policy. After all, this legislation attempts to exert federal regulatory power over state internet tax policy with state complicity.
Once Congress has opened the pandoras box of federally authorized internet sales taxes, it is only one step away from taxing internet downloads, not just goods purchased online.
But heres the other troubling thing. The Marketplace Fairness Act, for the first time, establishes a national sales tax. It does so by hiding behind the states. They told us the individual mandate wasnt a federal tax either.
Heres the situation. As you may know, the Supreme Court has long held that a business has to have some physical nexus in a state to be subject to sales tax collections an storefront, distribution center, etc. This is based on the fundamental principle of no taxation without representation.
States have tried to weasel their way around this, but each state taxes goods in different ways. Some states, for example, dont tax baked goods, but do tax candies, even if made in a bakery. So your cake is not taxed, but if you buy fudge at the bakery it is. And its not just states, there are over 7,500 different local tax systems, many with special tax holidays or exemptions for different products. Trying to move these varied tax systems to the internet would drive up the burdens of businesses online by forcing compliance with the various taxing schemes of 50 states.
That actually puts a heavier burden on online vendors than brick & mortar local vendors, who only have to comply with the taxes of the state they reside in. Then there are the compliance costs. How does a candy company in Georgia that sells fudge to someone living in Iowa handle a tax dispute with Iowa tax authorities?
MFA would destroy the concept of states as laboratories of democracy that allow businesses to move between states based on better business environments. Today, a business located in New Hampshire charges no sales tax, but if MFA passes, overnight they could be forced to collect taxes for dozens of states with no escape.
Now, let me explain what is really going on here. States have grown huge and bureaucratic. Instead of downsizing and becoming more efficient, states have decided to just look for a new tax scheme to fund the leviathan. They see online sales as the way to go. iTunes downloads will be next. Congressional Republicans are helping.
But consider that there is a carve out for businesses that sell less than $500,000.00 a year online. As Senator Jim DeMint noted last year this is a pretty good admission that the law will be a burden on businesses.
Proponents of MFA also like to brag that Amazon now supports their internet tax bill after years of opposition. Thats true, but there is a simple reason why: Amazons future business model of same-day delivery requires them to have distribution centers in nearly every state in the nation. You see, MFA wont affect Amazon, because like Target or Walmart expanding to every state, Amazon will be forced by current law to collect sales taxes. So of course Amazon now supports MFA, this is nothing more than a big corporation using Washington politicians to punish their competition, like the many small business sellers on Ebay.
Senator Enzi and the Republicans joining him should be ashamed that they are willing to open a new front in Congress quest to tax everything. The Marketplace Fairness Act should really be called the Marketplace Fleecing Act.
ANY Republican that cozys with a registered Democrat should be tarred and feathered!
I’ve never actually paid for a song via the internet nor have I ever paid a single dollar for anything downloaded to my smart phone. They can’t tax me.
uTorrent is great for music, btw.
Any time I see words like Fairness in the name of a bill I think Atlas Shrugged and I know it is a bad idea and anti-free market.
Any new tax should be fought hard regardless of who or what is to be taxed. We need to eliminate taxes not find new things and ways to tax.
Taxes are the enemy of growth and prosperity.
I’m not worried about the taxes either. I’m worried about people like Mike Enzi continuing to serve in the senate.
RINOS fit their role like hand in mitt.
"...hey wanna buy a cat in a bag? My friends tell me they would leave me alone if I help raise taxes, screw the American citizen, and promote the decline in freedom and liberty, but most importantly....secure my next raise"
The Republicans are merely fronts for the Democrats.
They are not conservative in any way.
Everyone is going for more taxes, one way or the other. As governments within our republic come up short, they will find all sorts of creative ways to get more money out of the average citizen.
Chigago did it with toll fines, sending out notices to people after YEARS of violations, many looking at five figure fines. And Seattle now talking of adding a toll to the I-90 floating bridge to pay for the I-520 bridge work because so many people are simply avoiding the 520 bridge, which is now tolled.
And various other fines and fees - stricter parking and traffic enforcement and similar things. Tracking down people that buy from out of state but don’t pay in-state sales taxes. It will get a lot worse as the economy worsens.
Im not worried about the taxes either. Im worried about people like Mike Enzi continuing to serve in the senate.
I find it interesting to note the frequency with which the word “fairness” is used instead of the more descriptive “Screwing you again.”
The “Western initiative” has worked very well in neighboring Colorado. An apparently conservative candidate gets elected to office be seeming to embrace the “reforms” necessary to balance the budget, then forgets about control of spending. Raising new taxes seems to be the default setting, even if taxes have to be invented that never existed before.
It matters not about the nominal party affiliation. ALL such candidates get perverted the same way.
Republicans: selling out their brand promise for decades.
Did Mitt purpose the tax? Then grow up.
When someone starts getting rolled by Durbin they shouldn’t be left alone even to pee.
What is your point?
Mitt-theBACKSTABBER-Romney imposed BOTH gay marriage
Apparently, you like both.
Although I am opposed to taxes, I am also opposed to the advantage that the Internet has over brick and mortar companies. The price advantage as helped companies like Amazon. And with this money, many Internet billionaires like Jeff Bezos starts to promote Queer Marriage.
BTW, I use Pirates Bay to download my music and films.
The Republicans’ only principle is to have no principles.
But if Mike Enzi wins that primary, Erick Erickson will support him.
Redstate is great at ‘vote for the R’ no matter how much sound and fury they emanate, signifying nothing.