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  • White House wades into SCOTUS online sales tax case

    03/06/2018 2:50:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Hot ^ | March 6, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    In fairly short order, the Supreme Court is going to begin hearing arguments in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. This case is being closely watched around the country because of the potential impact it will have on consumers as well as retailers, both traditional and online. The state of South Dakota is asking the Supremes to overrule their 1992 decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which held that states could not force online retailers to collect sales tax in other states where the company didn’t have a physical presence.Now the White House has weighed in on...
  • Supreme Court to Consider Internet Sales Tax Collection

    01/14/2018 11:34:10 AM PST · by JeepersFreepers · 26 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 12, 2018 | Brent Kendall and Richard Rubin
    The Supreme Court on Friday said it would consider whether states can broadly require online retailers to collect sales taxes even if they lack a physical presence in the state, taking a case that could have a major impact on online commerce. The justices on Friday took up that call, explicitly agreeing to consider whether the earlier high-court precedent should be overruled. “My bet is that they are looking at it to overturn,” said Edward Zelinsky, a tax-law professor at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law. The alternative, he said, would be to point to this issue as an example...
  • Supreme court agrees to consider internet sales taxes

    01/14/2018 9:15:09 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 76 replies
    NBC News ^ | Jan 12 2018, 5:55 PM ET | Pete Williams
    The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide if states should be able to collect taxes on internet sales, which would generate billions in revenue for local governments, but also raise the cost of online shopping for consumers. Just over a quarter-century ago, the court ruled that a state could not force mail order catalog companies to collect sales taxes unless they had a physical presence in the state. Led by South Dakota, 36 states want the court to take another look at the issue, arguing that the 1992 decision was issued “before Amazon was even selling books out of Jeff...
  • GOP Senators Lead Push to Allow States to Impose Internet Sales Tax

    07/26/2015 7:47:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 127 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 24, 2015 | 2:10 PM EDT | Rudy Takala
    Republicans in the Senate are leading efforts to pass legislation that would allow the states to impose a sales tax on online transactions. Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) has proposed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), which would allow states to "collect and remit sales and use taxes with respect to remote sales.” The bill includes an exemption for companies whose gross remote sales are less than $1 million per year. The legislation enjoys support particularly among legislators in rural states who believe that online retailers are encroaching on sales made out of traditional storefronts. […] This is not the first time...
  • 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 Reid’s Internet Tax

    08/02/2014 7:34:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | 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 Alabama’s 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 state’s affiliate nexus law—a law requiring out-of-state companies with advertising affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax—violated 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 month’s 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 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 ^ | 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 couldn’t 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: I’ll 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 won’t 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 he’s 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 statement provided 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...