Skip to comments.Get Ready To Be Taxed on Internet Purchases
Posted on 04/23/2013 1:54:01 PM PDT by Jean S
Proposed Internet sales-tax legislation received a huge boost on Monday when the White House officially backed the bill, saying it would level the playing field among online and retail stores by ensuring that both pay sales taxes.
Today, while local small-business retailers follow the law and collect sales taxes from customers who make purchases in their stores, many big-business online and catalogue retailers do not collect the same taxes, White House press secretary Jay Carney. This puts local, neighborhood-based small businesses at a disadvantage to big, out-of-state, online companies.
Now, the Senate is scheduled to debate the Internet sales-tax legislation for the remainder of the week, and the bill is largely expected to pass (a similar, nonbinding amendment was approved weeks ago, 75-24).
The so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would allow a state to collect sales tax on Internet purchases made by its residents, even if the Internet company has its headquarters in a different state. It would exempt online companies with sales of less than $1 million a year from collecting or paying the sales taxes, and it would add roughly $10.1 billion a year to local government coffers, according to the Congressional Research Service, at a time when most states are looking for any and all fiscal fixes.
But, the essence of the fight really pits industry against industry.
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We can do the same to them. Trust me there are ways. F**K them!
Prolly because Wal-Mart wants to compete with Amazon.
If justice was TRULY served, we would have hung most of them long ago. But I repeat myself.
“has a presence in a State”
Correct, but the courts have also said a presence must be at least one person paid by the company that conducts their primary job within the state. As you said, this bill doesn’t even require that.
That portion of the Constitution was gutted several years ago when a tax bill originated in the Senate and was then passed by the House. Michelle Bachmann pointed out at the time it was Unconstitutional and still a bunch of traitorous Republicans voted for it.
Welcome to Venezuela of the North. How long before the government sends inspectors into your home to look for incandescent light bulbs (as was done by the military in Venezuela)?
Sellers only need to keep track of 10,000 separate tax codes in the United States. They are trying to break the backs of internet sellers and drive customers away. If something is working, our congress and president must destroy it.
“Today, while local small-business retailers follow the law and collect sales taxes from customers who make purchases in their stores,”
Really...small-business retailers? NOT! Walmart is probably behind this as well as those money grubbing democrats. I believe Obama is “gifting” this bill for Walmart because they backed obamacare and I believe Walmart is also extremely interested in pushing the immigration bill.(cheap Mexican labor)
This could be even worse. I have streaming media to escape cable tv. Streaming media uses my wireless router to pick up the signal. I wonder if Netflix, amazon, et al will be taxing the tv shows and movies people select on their tv or internet. Cable is a wasteland. At least streaming media has thousands to choose from. I guess I won’t be ordering tv shows if they are going to be taxed. I should call Senator Rubio to find out if streaming media will be taxed. Of course they won’t know cuz he’s too busy helping the democrats get the hispanic vote.
Does anyone know if this affects movie and tv show downloads? This could kill Netflix. It would be cheaper for people to go to Red Box at their corner store and rent a movie outright.
Is downloading movies/tv a rental or a purchase????? What about i-tunes? This might be bigger than ebay and amazon. Way bigger.
The garage sale police will do warrantless searches too. It’s easier to go after regular people vs. real criminals and terrorists, drug cartels.
NOTE TO SELF: phone calls.
Phone calls on post 59.
Lightbulbs are in an undisclosed location but if they confiscate our property, lightbulbs will be immaterial.
You’re punishing Amazon because they “(k)nuckled under to Texas on sales taxes”? You should be mad at Texas, not Amazon. Texas has a law... if you have a presence in the state, then you pay sales taxes. Amazon has a presence in Texas, so they follow the law. What would you expect them to do? Move their distribution center OUT of Texas?
Maybe the IRS will have a database. It will be as excellent as the database we don’t have yet for health care exchanges. In other words, this government is incapable of doing anything correctly but it doesn’t stop them. We’re from the government and we are to help separate you from your money. You have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it, internet retailers.
When you order online you have to factor in the shipping & handling fees. If your purchase is sent via USPS the gov. gets that money. With a tax added, buying online will no longer have a positive reason for doing so. I will buy locally and pay the tax and save on the S&H. Could it be that they lose enough on postage to cancel any benefit from a new tax? Just asking. The P.O. is already in deep trouble.
Which brick and mortar business files quarterly sales tax forms to thousands of separate tax jurisdictions. This does not level the playing field, it kills off the small businesses that provide most of America’s jobs. Meanwhile big business bailouts and crony capitalism run rampant.
no because shopping will simply move outside the usa.
Policians who don’t know how ecconomics work.
Well, not exactly.
There are no shipping and handling charges with brick-and-mortar "retail stores."
So this bill would really allocate to those stores a huge advantage...