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  • Apple, Google, large tech companies urge the White House & Congress not to renew the Patriot Act

    03/26/2015 7:39:49 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 6 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ben Lovejoy
    Apple is one of ten tech giants to once again call on the US Government not to reauthorize the Patriot Act in its current form. The Act expires on 1st June unless it is renewed by Congress. Apple was joined by AOL, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo.In an open letter to President Obama, NSA Director Admiral Rogers and other prominent government figures, the companies urge Congress to end the bulk collection of communications metadata–the logs that determine how and when ordinary citizens contact each other.The letter says that mass surveillance must end, and that a revised bill must contain mechanisms to ensure...
  • Small-Government Group Now Stumping For Harry Reids Internet Tax

    08/02/2014 7:34:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2014 | Michael Schaus
    In the beginning, there was nothing. Then, Al Gore created the internet; and soon there were entire businesses using the interwebs for commerce and profit. We really should have known that it was only a matter of time until DC insiders tried to squeeze a little more tax revenue out of that particular free-market innovation. The Market Place Fairness Act (AKA: Small Internet-Business Death Sentence) is making a comeback. After Harry Reid managed to pass the punitive tax bill through the Democrat controlled Senate, some Beltway wonks are now trying to resurrect support for it in the US House. And,...
  • 7 reasons Alabamians should oppose the online sales tax money grab

    02/24/2014 5:19:10 PM PST · by plain talk · 8 replies
    Yellow Hammer ^ | Feb 24 2014 | Cliff Sims
    Over the weekend, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley voiced his support for the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, which should be more approprietly named the Internet Sales Tax Mandate. Bentley estimated that Alabamas beleaguered General Fund budget would gain roughly $150 million a year if online retailers were forced to collect taxes for things they sell online to consumers all over the country. The U.S. Senate passed a bill last year that exempted businesses with under $1 million in annual revenue from having to collect the tax, but Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Vestavia Hills, is said to be working on a new version...
  • Internet Sales Tax Hurts Businesses and the States that Pass Them

    01/21/2014 10:39:10 AM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 1-18-14 | John Stephenson
    This past month, the Illinois State Supreme Court determined the states affiliate nexus lawa law requiring out-of-state companies with advertising affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales taxviolated federal law. In the majority opinion, Justice Anne Burke ruled that Illinois attempt to force collection of sales tax by out-of-state retailers based on their decision to use in-state online advertising rather than traditional print advertising represented a discriminatory taxation regime on the Internet and therefore violated the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act. No one understands the significance of last months Illinois State Supreme Court decision better than FatWallet founder...
  • House panel to explore Internet sales tax

    01/12/2014 10:41:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/11/14 | Kate Tummarello
    House Judiciary Committee Bob Goodlatte plans to hold a hearing in the first half of the year to explore online sales tax legislation, advocates say. Proponents of an Internet sales tax bill, such as major retailers, are holding out hope for action in the House in 2014 despite the opposition of many conservatives and the skeptical stance of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Supporters and opponents of online sales tax proposals are focusing their lobbying energy on Goodlatte (R-Va.), who has released a set of seven principles that an online sales tax bill would have to meet in order to be...
  • Massachusetts to begin collecting sales tax from Amazon

    10/31/2013 11:36:04 AM PDT · by matt04 · 16 replies
    Massachusetts residents have only a few days of tax-free shopping left on Amazon.com. Beginning Friday, the state will apply its 6.25 percent sales tax to purchases made from Amazon, though the tax will not apply to third-party vendors who use the site. The state reached an agreement with Amazon last year. Owners of traditional "brick and mortar" stores have long complained of being at a competitive disadvantage to online retailers who are not required to collect sales taxes. State revenue officials tell The Boston Globe the tax on Amazon purchases is expected to raise nearly $37 million for the state...
  • The Internet Sales Tax More is Never Enough

    05/22/2013 3:37:00 PM PDT · by Noremac · 12 replies
    Blasted Fools.com ^ | May 22, 2013 | Richard Cameron
    The Internet Sales Tax. Nothing illustrates the ravenous nature of BigGov and its insatiable desire to destroy even the smallest extant vestiges of Free Enterprise in America than the effort underway to pull millions of small businesses into their net of taxation. While the support this legislation is getting on Capitol Hill from Democrats is no particular eye-opener, it is the support from Republicans that should alert us to the hypocritical tendencies of that party. In one breath, they pander to us about smaller government and cutting spending and taxes but when they think our backs are turned, they...
  • Boehner says he 'probably' can't support online sales tax bill

    05/07/2013 4:00:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 39 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 7, 2013 | Bernie Becker
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that he likely couldnt support the online sales tax bill that the Senate passed this week, underscoring the challenge that supporters face in getting the measure through the lower chamber. Boehner told Bloomberg Television that the Marketplace Fairness Act, which got 69 votes in the Senate on Monday, would heap a big burden on some very small businesses. "I just think that moving this bill where you have 50 different sales tax codes, it is a mess out there, Boehner said. You are going to make it much more difficult for online businesses to...
  • Jeff Flake hints: Ill support expanded background checks in return for changes on Internet sales

    05/07/2013 11:05:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 7, 2013 | Allahpundit
    A week ago, he noted on his Facebook page that his poll numbers after voting no on Toomey/Manchin put him somewhere south of pond scum. Today, this. He wont face the voters again for five and a half years, but he shares a home state with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. They can hurt him by campaigning against him in 2018 more than they can anyone else in the Senate. No wonder hes looking for ways to flip: Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN he is willing to reverse his opposition to expanding background checks for guns if the Senate...
  • Senate passes bill allowing states to tax online sales (Never a tax our government didn't like)

    05/06/2013 5:14:08 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 47 replies
    NBC ^ | 5/6/2013 | AP
    The Senate sided with traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments Monday by passing a bill that would widely subject online shopping for many a largely tax-free frontier to state sales taxes. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 69 to 27, getting support from Republicans and Democrats alike. But opposition from some conservatives who view it as a tax increase will make it a tougher sell in the House. President Barack Obama has conveyed his support for the measure. Under current law, states can only require retailers to collect sales taxes if the...
  • Senate passes internet sales tax bill amid opposition from conservatives

    05/06/2013 4:31:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 198 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday, May 6, 2013 | Dominic Rushe
    The US Senate on Monday passed a bill aimed at ending tax-free shopping on the internet but the move looks set to face fierce opposition before it becomes law. The Marketplace Fairness Act, which has cross-party supporter and the backing of powerful retailers, would give states the power to require retailers with sales over $1m to collect state and local sales taxes for online purchases.
  • Sen. Ted Cruz slams Internet sales tax bill

    05/06/2013 9:21:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 32 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 6, 2013 | Seth McLaughlin
    Freshman Sen. Ted Cruz, emerging as a leading voice of Capitol Hill conservatives, said Monday that it is incomprehensible that the Senate is close to passing a bill that would require booming Internet retailers to collect state sales taxes, warning that the move will kill jobs and hurt the economy. Mr. Cruz, a Texas Republican and tea party favorite, called the Internet a thriving ecosystem that has allowed new businesses to compete in the national marketplace in ways that would have been impossible 15 years ago, and it empowers consumer choice. But tax-hungry politicians view the Internet as yet another...
  • "An Attack on Small Business": Letter to Senator on "SENATE BILL 743; ONLINE SALES TAX"

    05/01/2013 5:54:14 AM PDT · by xzins · 19 replies
    Freeper Editorial ^ | 30 Apr 13 | Xzins
    The internet is the most recent, best equalizer for small businesses hoping to make it a business world that requires millions in facilities, start-up, advertising, and delivery. That is why the following letter caught my attention regarding the proposed, new online sales tax. It is such a great, concise summary of the wrong-headedness of the internet sales tax. The great businesses spawned by the advent of the internet, the googles, facebooks, and amazons, are now huge. But the smaller businesses and potential start-ups are the real story. Please read the following letter and, if it mirrors your sentiment, strongly consider...
  • Online sales tax lobbyist: Constitution 18th-century document, holding industry back

    04/26/2013 5:16:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/26/2013 | Betsi Fores
    As the debate over the merits of an online sales tax policy that would allow states to collect tax from vendors outside their state boundaries brews, a lobbyist for the National Retail Federation, a group supporting the proposed legislation, dismissed the United States Constitution as an 18th-century document.The industry is evolving very rapidly, and the law today is a 20th-century interpretation of an 18th-century document that is holding back the entire retail industry as it adapts to 21st-century consumer preferences and demand, David French, senior vice president for government affairs at the NRF, said in a statementprovided to the Wall...
  • Internet sales tax embraced by no-tax Republicans (in Senate)

    04/25/2013 5:55:21 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 171 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 4/25/2013 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) You don't see this very often: a majority of Senate Republicans voting to make people who buy stuff on the Internet pay state and local sales taxes. The Senate could vote as early as Thursday on a bill to empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet. Under the bill, the sales taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives. On Wednesday, the bill passed a test vote in the Senate, 74 to 23, with 27 Republicans voting in favor. Senate Majority Leader...
  • Get Ready To Be Taxed on Internet Purchases

    04/23/2013 1:54:01 PM PDT · by Jean S · 148 replies
    National Journal via Yahoo ^ | 4/23/13 | Nancy Cook
    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...
  • Carney: Internet Sales Tax "Is Simply About Leveling The Playing Field"

    04/23/2013 4:26:30 AM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 54 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 4-22-2013
    JAY CARNEY: We believe that the Marketplace Fairness Act will level the playing field for local small business retailers who are undercut every day by out-of state online companies. 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. This puts local neighborhood-based small businesses at a disadvantage to big, out-of-state, online companies. And because these out-of-state companies are able to cut corners and play by a different set of rules, cities and states lose out...
  • Beware the Internet Sales Tax

    04/19/2013 4:44:41 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | 4/19/2013 | Amy Payne
    The Internet sales tax is back, and it could be the next big vote in the Senate. The proposed law would enable states to force businesses to collect sales tax from customers who live in their stateeven when the businesses have no connection to that state. As Heritage President Jim DeMint has said, this violates the classic American principle of no taxation without representation. Retailers would be forced to act as tax collectors for states in which they have no voice. Under current law, retailers are required to collect sales taxes only in states where they have a physical presence....
  • Amazon cuts sales tax deals with states, not feds

    05/02/2012 7:48:49 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/1/12 10:58 PM EDT | By MICHELLE QUINN
    Amazon may have just upended Congress to the chagrin of those pushing for a federal online sales tax bill. The online retail company last week inked deals with Texas and Nevada to begin collecting sales taxes on purchases. The company has brokered seven such agreements in recent months while bills to standardize collection of Internet sales taxes nationwide are mired in politics on Capitol Hill. That puts lobbyists and others who have been fighting for a federal bill in a quandary: If the biggest states begin to see sales tax revenue from Amazons collections, is it still worth the...
  • Amazon Spends Millions to Fight Internet Sales Tax

    08/29/2011 12:36:49 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 43 replies · 2+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 8/27/11 | Aaron Glantz
    When it comes to avoiding the requirement of collecting sales tax from its consumers, Amazon is not afraid to open its wallet. More than nine months before a proposed June 2012 referendum asking that Californias new Internet sales tax law be overturned, Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer, has already spent $5.25 million, state records show, more than any company has spent in California this far from a vote in at least a decade. The initiative and referendum process have been hijacked, said Loni Hancock, a state senator from Berkeley, who wrote the law Amazon is trying to overturn and who...
  • Congress takes up Amazon sales tax issue

    07/30/2011 5:18:56 PM PDT · by FromTheSidelines · 44 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 30, 2011 | Marc Lifsher
    Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) introduces legislation that would require online retailers such as Amazon to collect sales taxes. Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) plans a similar measure in the House.
  • Amazon terminates deal with 25,000 Calif. affiliates

    06/30/2011 5:26:00 AM PDT · by mort56 · 91 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | 6/30/2011 | Jan Norman
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law Californias tax on Internet sales through affiliate advertising which will immediately cut small-business website revenue 20% to 30%, experts say. The bill, AB 28X, takes effect immediately. The state Board of Equalization says the tax will raise $200 million a year, but critics claim it will raise nothing because online retailers will end their affiliate programs rather than collect the tax. Amazon has already emailed its termination of its affiliate advertising program with 25,000 websites
  • Amazon ends deal with 25,000 California websites (CA taxes internet)

    06/30/2011 6:46:03 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | June 29, 2011 | Jan Norman
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law California's tax on Internet sales through affiliate advertising which will immediately cut small-business website revenue 20% to 30%, experts say. The bill, AB 28X, takes effect immediately. The state Board of Equalization says the tax will raise $200 million a year, but critics claim it will raise nothing because online retailers will end their affiliate programs rather than collect the tax. "This law won't impact Amazon that much but it is a crisis for website owners who make revenue by placing ads on their websites for thousands of online retailers," Madigan said. "Most...
  • N.Y. Orders Large Web Retailers To Charge Tax

    04/25/2008 3:00:04 PM PDT · by jonyyeh · 46 replies · 592+ views
    WCBS-TV ^ | 04/25/2008 | Tony Aiello
    NEW YORK (CBS) ― New York Internet shoppers, take note: in five weeks, sales tax-free shopping will end on many Web sites thanks to rewritten state rules that are trying to force Internet retailers to collect. At Chrono Tech Watches in White Plains, Jerry Nally is glad the clock is ticking on many Internet retailers that don't charge New York sales tax. Nally says those so-called "e-tailers" steal his customers. "They'll come in our store, look at our product, touch it, play with it, look at the warranties, then go back to the web and buy it tax free," says...