Skip to comments.Report: Congress Set to End Tax-Free Online Shopping
Posted on 04/18/2009 10:00:00 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
Friday, April 17, 2009
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For the past decade and a half, most Internet shoppers haven't been forced to pay sales tax while buying goods online.
But now, according to CNet News, an alliance of "brick-and-mortar" retailers and state governments has teamed up to end that and they've crafted federal legislation that may be introduced in Congress as early as next week.
Previous attempts in past years to do so have flopped.
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Bye bye Miss American tax free pie.
They seem to bring this up every session and it fails everytime.
I left my chevy at the levee and traded it in for a Lexus
95% of us will see a tax cut so not to worry....
The only tax cut I’m going to see is when I trim the fringes of my pant legs.
This Congress and this administration seem hellbent on destroying the Republic.
Shoppers are NOT going to pay taxes PLUS SHIPPING & HANDLING charges!!
In a word, “NO!”
If they think they’ve seen a big tax protest to this point, wait until they implement this.
It sure is good that only people making over $250,000 a year shop online.
The only power I trust is the one that comes from Jesus Christ.
What Caesar has not given he can’t take away.
You said — This Congress and this administration seem hellbent on destroying the Republic.
Well, you’ve got to remember that one is talking only about sales taxes that *are collected* when one does a purchase “in person”. In this case, many people are escaping sales taxes that they are supposed to be paying *anyway* — regardless.
All that is happening here is making sure that the sales taxes do get collected that are supposed to be collected — and that *are collected* when one does the purchase “in person”...
This is really no big deal, other than closing up a loophole that allowed a lot of people to “get out of” their sales taxes that they were supposed to pay.
With the current crop of DC cretins all bets are off. If we oppose it then we are racists and unpatriotic extremist rednecks dontchyaknow!
How in the world is it even possible for a person to collect sales taxes based on every town in the country?
You said — This is going to put a lot of online sellers out of business.
Which the “brick and mortar” stores will be happy to hear about... LOL...
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And then you said — Shoppers are NOT going to pay taxes PLUS SHIPPING & HANDLING charges!!
Ummm..., normally one would think so. BUT, considering that on auction websites, many people bid higher than full retail on some products, one may want to question the sanity of a lot of buyers... :-)
But, aside from that, what will happen, I suspect, is that the wholesalers will give online stores a bit more of a break, in order to be a few dollars less than the brick-and-mortar version of the product.
AND THEN..., you also have the convenience of not having to *drive* to the store, wait in line to pay and drive back home again. You can purchase online without so much as two-synapses in your brain having to activate... LOL..
That and a few hundred bags of money will get a copy of the tobacco tax increases.
I'd say that brick-and-mortar businesses are threatened at least as much as cigarette manufacturers were threatened by roll-your-own smokers.
No problem. A few hundred bags of money carried to Congress and look! .. a 2000+ percent tax increase on loose tobacco*. End of threat to the Big Cigarette.
The states want the sales taxes, the brick-and-mortar want the business.. look for really big federal restrictions/taxes on Internet sales.
*Yes the original tax on loose tobacco was low, something about a dollar a pound I believe. It was raised to $24 a pound if I am not mistaken.
You said — If they think theyve seen a big tax protest to this point, wait until they implement this.
How are you going to see a “tax protest” for a sales tax that your state has had for years, so far? I don’t understand that. It’s the very same sales tax that you were supposed to be paying all these years, regardless if it was online or “brick-and-mortar”...
So, “where’s the protest” for what you’ve been paying on your state’s sales tax all along?
That’ll help stimulate the economy, fer sure.