Skip to comments.Firms Will Regret Deal With Devil On Internet Tax
Posted on 04/24/2013 2:43:47 PM PDT by IBD editorial writer
Government: Non-Internet businesses claim a looming, unprecedented collection of state sales taxes on their online competitors is not a new tax. They will regret their pact with the devil tax collector. The new Internet sales tax legislation currently being steamrolled through the Democratic-controlled Senate with White House support is not some kind of untax, a government revenue version of the Uncola. It's not that "certain je ne sais quoi, fresh, clean, no aftertaste!" The National Retail Federation imaginatively claims "this is not a new tax" and claims that non-Internet stores "cannot compete on sales tax," and therefore "Congress needs to address this disparity." Calls to "tax the guy across the street," however, always come back to haunt the first guy. For some time, though, Amazon.com obviously judging the tax as inevitable has stood together with the non-Internet, pro-tax businesses; eBay, on the other hand, remains committed to "protect small online businesses, not potentially put them out of business" via new taxes. This is not a new issue, and it's no surprise, considering the perennial greed that is second nature to government. In 1992 the Supreme Court, in its Quill decision, unanimously prevented North Dakota from audaciously collecting sales taxes from a company with no physical presence in the state but whose North Dakota customers used its software to place orders.
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So far, we Americans have been spared the indignity of wearing gas meters in order to pay a fart tax; however, the time is coming, and you can bet the farm on it.
Surprising, really, that our various government Masters don’t just stand by the head of the line on payday and simply confiscate all paychecks.
This will kill small business internet operators who deal with specalty items in high volume and razor thin margins.
Of course the big business donors of Obama will be the most apparently benefited..
Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
‘Cause I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
And you’re working for no one but me.
Surprising, really, that our various government Masters dont just stand by the head of the line on payday and simply confiscate all paychecks.
What do you call the practice of “Withholding”
on someone’s paystub.....?
They got you beat by it the only thing is they haven’t cranked it up to 100%.... yet.....
Someone explain this to me. I’ve been paying sales tax on internet purchases for years. What am I missing here?
I have to wonder will places like Harriet Carter be affected since they both send out a catalogue and also have a website http://www.harrietcarter.com/
So could someone place their order over the phone and NOT get chaged a tax, but using the computer will get you taxed....?????
I am confused...
“...the only thing is they havent cranked it up to 100%.... yet.....”
Yeah... not yet...
Someone explain this to me. Ive been paying sales tax on internet purchases for years. What am I missing here?
Are you ordering somethign form the same state you reside in?
The current rules work like a mail order cataloge.
Wait for the municipalities to chime in for their sales taxes over and beyond the state sales taxes.
Not that it matters anymore, but...
Constitution of the United States
Article 1 - Section 7.
All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives...
This will hit lower income Ohomo voters hardest of all.
this hasn’t passed yet has it?.....I can’t imagine getting any real deals on the internet if now we’re going to be taxed for it...
If the argument is that some products simply cannot be sold if the government takes a cut, then let’s fix that for everybody, not just companies selling from other states.
You are missing that apparently 98% of your fellow citizens, which seems to include 98% of the declared conservatives, are tax cheats, and most are proud of it.
There are people who have no problem signing a form that says “I am reporting all my owed taxes”, and on that form falsely claiming 0 dollars of untaxed purchases.
A lot of them will probably claim ignorance, just like Tim Geithner did. Maybe they are ignorant, although income tax programs are pretty clear, and the state tax forms explain what that entry is in great detail.
Now, to be fair, there are some states that don’t have an income tax, and so people in those states can argue that they aren’t actually committing felony perjury, just willfully avoiding their tax obligations.
Welcome to the 1%, my FRiend — the 1% who actually pay their “use tax” each year, because it is the law, and law-abiding people don’t cheat on their taxes.
Curious...does IBD pay sales tax on its sales of newspapers?
I believe that under the bill, states will have to provide a single tax rate to be used for these purchases, and it will be the state obligation to pass the tax down to localities.
This bill does not raise revenue, in the sense that it is not a new tax, nor is it a federal tax.
It is a bill to require the COLLECTION of a tax.
Of course, the senate routinely flouts the constitution anyway, by taking house bills and “replacing them” by amendment to be revenue bills. It’s a dirty trick, but the courts have not ruled against it.
Any time something in the free market works, they cut it down and kill it. End goal is to have all the means of production in the hands of the government.
See communist manifesto.