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...
Yep. They're also co-sponsors! I just fired off an email to both of 'em expressing my extreme displeasure.
It's getting harder and harder to email those two because it's difficult not to cuss every other word. I keep having to delete and re-type. LOL!
this law is incredibly insane
Looks like another administration black market stimulus package.
Under my plan nobody making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase....Internet sales tax advances after Obama endorsement.
Fair to whom?
Certainly not customers.
Just what we need: another tax. :(
I totally agree, have been trying to do that lately.
FYI - A “Republican” Senator (Mike Enzi) from Wyoming is pushing this bill.
Sure seem to be a lot of laws being passed with exemptions. Whatever happened to equal protection under the law?
You forgot N. Korea. Interesting, now that I think about it - not a word about the fat little punk while all this !@##!#@ has been going on.
Is that what they're calling refusing the armed robbers demands these days ?
Well come onnnn the government has to be supported!
Am I perfect? Heck no! I don't keep track very well. But I do try to make a good estimate of my internet orders. I have learned from an acquaintance that it is better to do that than explain it on an audit someday.
Personally, I want to end sales taxes and have signed petitions to that effect. But I have little hope of that happening in Iowa. To much money.
“..to have interstate taxation?..”
You are correct, that is why until now, we haven’t.
It was more the attitude than the act.
With 10,000 tiny cuts each day, they vanquished the Leviathan of the age
not meant to sound preachy, just sayin' . . .
Heck, my Senator is one of the co-sponsers - we got rid of Blanche Lincoln to install a POS RINO?!?! I am furious about this. Wal Mart wants it, so he co sponsored it.
This is going to provide an incentive to build data centers and distribution centers a stones throw from either the Mexican or Canadian borders, or even moving operations offshore completely. This will have a negative impact on jobs, other than the increased government critters that each state hires to shove compliance audits down everyone's throat.
I self-report my purchases and pay taxes to the state, and always have. I realize that the majority of people don't, but at the same time, I don't pay my local taxes when I drive across the border of MO or OK to purchase anything at a lower tax rate (AR has one of the highest average sales taxes - 8.5%). Brick and mortar retailers cry about people coming in to browse and then purchase on-line, what about all of the people that do research on-line and then purchase at a brick and mortar retailer? Aren't the brick and mortar retailers gaining an advantage based on the assets (web) of web retailers? Amazon stands to make a fortune by selling the compliance software - which they already have completed. They will subcontract the checkout services from other web retailers and turn a handy profit.
Yes, I was just going to mention Amazon.
Increasingly, we (and millions o others)
have discovered it’s the most reliable and quickest way
to buy practically ANYTHING. Amazon provides a growing source
o$ extra customers to all those small business retailers you mention-—so this bill is just another way o$ PILING TAX UPON TAX, which has been their practice since time immemorial.
“add roughly $10.1 billion a year to local government coffers,”
Actually it will add many more businesses under $1 million, when you add in Obamacare mandates.
It wasn’t just about the tax on tea.
I am all for tax advoidence. I do not support tax fraud.
Correct, hence : It was more the attitude than the act
'Fraud' vs Armed Extortion
decisions, decisions .. !
First they gotta get this established, then they can worry about making taxes retroactive to when Algore invented it.
If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.
It’s not a Federal revenue bill, so it can be introduced in the Senate.
The federal government isn’t getting any of the proposed tax, so if it reduces postal revenue then all it’ll do is move revenue from the Feds to the states... which is a virtuous thing IMHO. Most local governments survive on sales tax. The closer that tax is collected to its eventual destination, the fewer hands it passes through, and the larger the portion that actually passes through the system.
Hey, now we’ve closed the circle. We have the small business people complaining about the bill even though it won’t apply to them, and the non-small business people complaining because the small business people are being excluded. If we could get both sides in touch with each other, we could create perpetual motion.