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  • National Sales Tax Still Unpopular

    03/31/2010 7:05:56 AM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies · 448+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | Tuesday, March 30, 2010
    A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 37% of voters nationwide favor a national sales tax if the money is used to pay for health care for all Americans, but 51% oppose that idea. These findings are unchanged from December. Take health care out of the equation, however, and opposition to a national sales tax on all goods and services is higher. Only 22% favor a national sales tax as a way for the government to raise more money, while 60% are opposed. Eighteen percent (18%) are undecided. Sixty percent (60%) of voters nationwide think tax increases hurt...
  • Krauthammer: Obamacare to Result in National Sales Tax on Americans; Public Option Already Here

    03/24/2010 1:55:06 AM PDT · by Suvroc10 · 20 replies · 3,297+ views
    Associated Content (AC) ^ | March 24, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Influential conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer is predicting that to pay for the unconstitutional mess known as Obamacare, Obama will have to push for a National Sales Tax within the coming year. In analysis delivered on the O'Reilly Factor, Krauthammer explained why he's certain that the Public Option—long denied by Obama and the Democrats as something we would see—is in fact here already, too, in the very bill Obama signed into law just yesterday. A sales tax is defined as a levy on the sale of goods and services, likely imposed at different levels of business activity; so it's really a...
  • Gun bill gives Manchin 'pure heartburn'(WV)

    03/17/2010 6:10:49 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies · 278+ views ^ | 17 March, 2010 | Sara Gavin
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Joe Manchin wouldn't come right out and say it, but there appears to be a good shot that he will veto a proposed sales tax holiday on gun purchases in West Virginia. "I can't look struggling children and families in the eye and say 'I'm sorry that I can't help you, but by God you don't have to pay the sales tax on guns'," Manchin said. The so-called "Second Amendment Appreciation Act" quietly slipped through on the final day of the legislative session with heavy support in both houses. It would exempt guns from the state's...
  • IRS to Track Online Sellers' Payment Transactions Beginning Next Year

    03/09/2010 2:21:03 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 59 replies · 473+ views ^ | 03/07/2010 |
    Internet sellers who don't report their sales will no longer be under the radar. Starting next year, any bank or other payment settlement company that processes credit cards, debit cards, and electronic payments such as PayPal will have to issue information returns telling the IRS what merchants receive. The new returns are Form 1099-K, Merchant Card and Third-Party Payments. Purpose of Reporting The IRS believes that many online sellers fail to report their transactions. Some don't report because they mistakenly believe that Internet sales are invisible. Others do so because they are trying to evade taxes. The IRS has found...
  • Collecting Sales Tax the right way

    03/13/2010 9:16:10 AM PST · by CharlesWayneCT · 97 replies · 1,029+ views
    Manassas News/Messenger ^ | 2/23/2010 | Charles Reichley
    we need Congress to "give us permission" to collect state sales tax from out-of-state vendors. ... Everywhere you look, government collects taxes: sales tax, real estate tax, the car tax, and income tax are only the most obvious. For example, my last Verizon bill had over $18 in taxes and "fees." We don't need new taxes. But the bill being considered does not impose a new tax. Virginia has a 5 percent general sales tax. For most purchases, business collects the sales tax with the purchase. However, when a company has no state "presence," they don't have to collect the...
  • Internet commerce vs. Colorado legislature; not Amazon vs. Advertisers

    03/12/2010 7:40:07 AM PST · by Still Thinking · 6 replies · 388+ views
    Denver Libertarian Examiner ^ | March 9, 2010 | Barry Ritchie II
    The recent passage of H.B 10-1193 has just prompted internet giant retailer to leave Colorado and all of its affiliates in the State.This Bill that only the most informed among us has even heard of before this, levied a new tax on all out-of-State retailers including through internet communications....So, without double-speak, it basically puts the responsibility onto the out-of-State retailer ( in this case) to collect and pay the necessary sales taxes of an advertiser inside Colorado....Democrat lawmakers, including Gov. Bill Ritter, criticized Amazon for cutting off affiliates, with some calling it "corporate bullying."
  • debate heats up at Colorado Capitol

    03/10/2010 3:26:01 AM PST · by BulletBobCo · 38 replies · 926+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 03/10/2010 | Tim Hoover
    The political battle over taxing online sales made through retailers such as intensified Tuesday, with Democrats saying the state should not back down from trying to collect money it's owed and Republicans arguing the new law should be repealed. The hardened stances came a day after Amazon said it would end its relationships with thousands of online affiliates in Colorado who send business its way through blogs and niche websites and then earn commissions on each sale. Republicans immediately blamed the Democratic-controlled legislature for passing a bill that attempts to collect the state's 2.9 percent sales tax on online...
  • Hickenlooper missed his chance on Amazon tax

    03/09/2010 11:58:42 AM PST · by george76 · 27 replies · 211+ views
    Denver Post ^ | March 8, 2010,
    Amazon’s move to drop its Colorado associates so soon after Gov. Ritter signed a new law creating a so-called “Amazon tax” is regrettable – but not shocking. There were plenty of signals that repealing a tax exemption for online retailers would face legal challenges and possibly just such a move as Amazon launched today. The Post editorial board was among critics who warned the new law looked awfully problematic for such little gain . John Hickenlooper missed a golden opportunity in not weighing in on this tax. Score one for McInnis. Suddenly he looks like the prescient one while Denver’s...
  • Amazon Fires Its Affiliates in Colorado (Including Me) Because of Colorado HB 10-1193

    03/09/2010 9:36:26 AM PST · by snarkpup · 37 replies · 348+ views
    Technology Review (MIT) ^ | Monday, March 08, 2010 | Brad Feld
    I’ve been an Amazon Associate (Amazon’s affiliate program) for many years. Today I got the following notice in my Amazon Associates account. and I woke up to the following email.
  • The Results of a Complicated Tax System

    01/22/2010 4:14:15 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 10 replies · 350+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 1/22/10 | Kevin Price
    The Obama Administration loves to sing the praises of "transparency," but finding such in any aspect of our government is difficult to say the least. Recently the Internal Revenue Service started to bang the drum on the importance of reducing errors and fraud by placing pressure on tax preparation services like H & R Block. These companies are taking the blame for poorly filling out forms that really need to be simplified. Steve Malanga, editor for Real Clear Markets and a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute believes that the end of errors could be found in the act of...
  • Tennessee Sales Tax Rate Is Highest In U.S.

    10/25/2009 3:58:21 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 75 replies · 2,591+ views
    WSMV Nashville, TN. ^ | 10/25/2009 | WSMV
    CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- A study shows Tennessee's average 9.4 cent tax on every $1 spent is the highest sales tax rate in America. Opponents of the sales tax say it's most unfair to those least able to pay but others favor the sales tax over a state income tax. The author of the tax comparison study, Tax Foundation staff economist Kail Padgitt, said an increasing number of states are raising so-called "millionaire taxes" on income of the wealthiest taxpayers and so-called "sin taxes" on cigarettes or beer. Padgitt told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the foundation is "definitely seeing more...
  • The Moral Basis for a National Transaction Tax

    10/19/2009 7:29:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 729+ views
    Real Clear Markets ^ | 10/19/2009 | Bill Frezza
    Have you been tracking Congress's frantic search for the hundreds of billions of dollars in new tax revenues it needs to fund its spending orgy? The latest Willie-Sutton trial balloon is a tax on Wall Street transactions. This is being met by howls of protest, as is customary whenever Congress fingers a new source of wealth it would like to spread around. As tax proposals fly, enticing targeted groups to hike their campaign giving in hopes of shifting the burden elsewhere, might it make sense to examine the moral basis of these proposals? Oddly enough, there is a form of...
  • Updated State and Local Option Sales Tax

    10/17/2009 5:26:16 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 3 replies · 549+ views
    tax foundation ^ | 10/16/09 | Kail Padgitt
    Fiscal Fact No. 196 Introduction Sales taxes are paradoxically transparent and non-transparent. A taxpayer can easily see how high the tax is by looking at the receipt for any purchase. It's hard to imagine a more transparent tax.
  • Stores like tax holidays; tax experts pan them

    08/22/2009 4:26:53 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 5 replies · 512+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 8/22/2009 | Staff
    MONTPELIER, Vt. – Brad Borofsky hopes a sales tax holiday this weekend will draw more buyers to his outfitters shop in search of kayaks, canoes and other high-end outdoor items. After all, who wouldn't like a break on their taxes? Yet a growing chorus of national tax experts — both on the right and left — are panning sales tax holidays as a gimmick that does little to boost the economy and hurts already-sagging state revenues more than they help consumers. Massachusetts, Maryland and the District of Columbia have cut back on sales tax holidays or scrapped them altogether recently....
  • Obama Has Middle Class All Teed Up For New Taxes

    08/03/2009 8:47:04 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 10 replies · 519+ views
    WSJ/The Lid ^ | 8/3/09 | The Lid
    In the past few days we have learned that Congress wants to tax the "rich" to pay for Obamacare, but even a tax on the rich cannot pay for Obamacare. So the money will have to come from the middle class, but the president promised no middle class tax hikes and a break with that promise will hurt Obama's credibility as much as George HW Bush's break with his tax pledge hurt his. But Obama WILL break his tax pledge, maybe not break it, more like he will wiggle his way out of it. The middle class will have their...
  • U.S. Cities Consider Congestion Pricing

    07/14/2009 6:11:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 689+ views
    National League of Cities ^ | July 13, 2009 | Matt Bradley and Julia Pulidindi
    The social and economic costs of lost productivity and wasted fuel from traffic-choked streets are estimated to be $87 billion a year, according to the Texas Transportation Institute’s 2009 Urban Mobility Report. So far, federal, state and local efforts — focused mostly on expanding road capacity — have been largely unsuccessful at slowing the growing congestion on U.S. roads. Transportation experts now advocate a different approach, changing the emphasis from increasing supply to reducing demand. To reinforce smart growth policies, plug mounting transportation funding gaps and achieve immediate traffic relief, London, Stockholm, Singapore, Milan and three cities in Norway have...
  • National sales tax likely won’t be linked to healthcare reform [Democrats will raise taxes anyway]

    06/23/2009 7:01:34 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies · 819+ views
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2009-06-22 | Ian Swanson
    Tax lobbyists and policy wonks believe a national sales tax is looming, though they say it’s extremely unlikely to be tied to already controversial healthcare reform legislation. Talk is heating up because of the U.S. budget situation. Many observers believe there simply isn’t enough money coming in under the existing tax structure to pay for programs advocated by both parties. The U.S. is the world’s exception in that it does not have a national sales tax, which is known around the world as a value-added tax, or VAT. Conservative activist Grover Norquist is using the talk to enlarge his anti-VAT...
  • Interstate Confiscation Clause

    06/15/2009 11:13:48 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies · 598+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2009 | Daniel J. Flynn
    Massachusetts wants even more tax revenue—from New Hampshire.___ Should New Hampshire businesses have to collect Massachusetts sales taxes from border-crossing shoppers? That’s the issue in Town Fair Tire v. Massachusetts, a case before the Bay State’s Supreme Judicial Court with ramifications for commerce and constitutional law well beyond New England. In 2003, a Massachusetts Department of Revenue audit uncovered invoices from three New Hampshire outlets of the Town Fair Tire company (TFT) to customers with Massachusetts addresses. Because Connecticut-based TFT also has locations in Massachusetts—and therefore benefits from various public services there, from police protection to road maintenance—the Massachusetts Appellate...
  • The Tax Men Cometh

    06/13/2009 5:23:52 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 9 replies · 1,283+ views
    CFO Magazine ^ | May 1, 2009 | Kate O'Sullivan
    A small furniture manufacturer based in Arizona recently received a nexus survey — a questionnaire about the company's business activity — from the state of Washington. With just two retail customers in the Evergreen State and a lone sales rep making an annual visit there, the Arizona company returned the form and thought that was the end of the matter. No such luck. Washington assessed the Arizona furniture anufacturer "a substantial income tax," according to Marvin Kirsner, a tax attorney with Greenberg Traurig who represents the company. "One salesperson was there for a total of three days over four years....
  • VATs mean big government

    06/03/2009 7:56:42 PM PDT · by St. Louis Conservative · 19 replies · 1,130+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 4, 2009 | Daniel Mitchell
    There is growing interest in Washington in a new national consumption tax, otherwise known as a value-added tax or VAT. Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D., N.D.), for example, recently told the Washington Post that "a VAT" has "got to be on the table" as part of "fundamental tax reform." President Barack Obama is already looking at a wide range of other potential tax increases, including higher income tax rates, restrictions on itemized deductions, an energy tax, and higher payroll tax rates. Even if they all became law, the revenues would not come close to satisfying his and Congress's...
  • National Sales Tax Gets Fresh Look; Rahm Emanuel's brother advises 10% VAT...

    05/27/2009 5:38:44 AM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 359 replies · 14,432+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 5/27/2009 | Lori Montgomery
    With budget deficits soaring and President Obama pushing a trillion-dollar-plus expansion of health coverage, some Washington policymakers are taking a fresh look at a money-making idea long considered politically taboo: a national sales tax. Common around the world, including in Europe, such a tax -- called a value-added tax, or VAT -- has not been seriously considered in the United States. But advocates say few other options can generate the kind of money the nation will need to avert fiscal calamity. At a White House conference earlier this year on the government's budget problems, a roomful of tax experts pleaded...
  • (MA) Merchants on border look to N.H. with unease (because of sales tax hike)

    05/25/2009 9:09:00 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies · 775+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 25, 2009 | Katheleen Conti
    Senate President Therese Murray described the vote to raise the sales tax as the fairest way to generate revenue, but some local business owners along the New Hampshire border said it was also the least creative. Already contending with malls and big box stores in tax-free New Hampshire, business owners in Tyngsborough, Methuen, Haverhill, and Amesbury said they understand the state needs to raise money, but they complain that a sales tax hike from 5 percent to 6.25 percent in a time of economic anxiety will entice even more residents to cross the border. "There's always a choice. There's always...
  • Picture: How a billion dollar tax increase will affect Nevada

    05/19/2009 2:50:42 PM PDT · by NevadaPolicyResearchInstitute · 8 replies · 1,197+ views
    Write on Nevada ^ | May 19, 2009 | Victor Joecks
    And don't take my word for it. Speaker Barbara Buckley admits that raising the Modified Business Tax will kill jobs. Feel free to pass this photo on or use it on your blog.
  • The Tentacles of Taxachusetts (forcing NH businesses to collect it's sales tax)

    05/13/2009 5:47:15 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 49 replies · 2,005+ views
    American Spectator ^ | May 13, 2009 | Daniel J. Flynn
    ... Last week, Massachusetts' Supreme Judicial Court heard arguments in Town Fair Tire v. Massachusetts. In the coming months, the Supreme Judicial Court will decide the issue at hand: whether Massachusetts has the right to force businesses in New Hampshire to collect Bay State sales taxes when selling items to Massachusetts residents. Given the recent vote in the Massachusetts House of Representatives to increase sales taxes by 25 percent, the impulse to dam the flood of Massachusetts shoppers into sales-tax-free New Hampshire grows stronger among Bay State officials perpetually frustrated with potential tax dollars flowing north across the border. Town...
  • Bloomberg Proposes Sales Tax Increase (to 8.875%)

    05/02/2009 5:02:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 32 replies · 1,143+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 1, 2009 | David W. Chen
    Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proposed a budget Friday that would increase the city’s sales tax by half a percentage point as the centerpiece of $1 billion in new taxes to help the city avoid deeper spending cuts and minimize layoffs. Even clothing, which has long enjoyed at least a partial exemption from the city sales tax as a way to make city retailers more attractive than their suburban counterparts, would be subject to Mr. Bloomberg’s proposal. If approved by the City Council and the State Legislature, the increase would apply to the city’s portion of the sales tax, which, when...
  • Internet Sales Tax: On Its Way And Utterly Upside Down!

    04/21/2009 5:56:33 AM PDT · by suspects · 40 replies · 1,595+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | April 21, 2009 | Michael Graham
    Leave it to a Massachusetts politician to get taxes completely wrong. U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt is soon expected to reintroduce the Streamlined Sales Tax (SST) bill, a federal mandate for collecting local sales taxes on interstate purchases. You buy organic Oreos from Oregon or moose meat from Montana, and Massachusetts sales taxes would track you across the Internet. Supporters argue it’s unfair to make traditional “brick-and-mortar” businesses collect our state’s 5 percent (for the moment) sales tax while a shop next door can sell the same item online tax-free. They’re right. Every business should be treated the same. What’s wrong...
  • CA: Initiative Enters Circulation to Make 1% Increase in Sales Tax Permanent

    03/27/2009 8:46:46 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 22 replies · 762+ views
    Initiative Enters Circulation to Make 1% Increase in Sales Tax Permanent The California Teachers Association has proposed a measure to amend the California Constitution, making the "temporary" 1% tax increase a permanent statute. The measure also specifies that revenue from this tax would be exempt from "budget and spending regulations" spelled out in the current California Constitution. The Attorney General and Secretary of State have approved this measure for circulation as an official petition. CLICK HERE to read the Attorney General's summary of the initiative and the proposed amendment to the California Constitution.
  • Local-option tax idea resurfaces(stick it to Maine again!)

    03/02/2009 12:42:09 PM PST · by mainestategop · 4 replies · 316+ views
    BAR HARBOR, Maine — The idea didn’t get far two years ago — or in its previous incarnations — but the concept of allowing municipalities to adopt local-option taxes is going back to the Legislature again. Rep. Elsie Flemings of Bar Harbor is working on a bill that would let Maine towns and cities impose an additional sales tax within their borders. Flemings said last week that the proposed bill is in draft form and has not yet been assigned a formal bill number for the Legislature to consider.
  • Iowa House OKs sales tax measure

    02/17/2009 12:44:46 PM PST · by PeterPrinciple · 5 replies · 379+ views
    Ames Tribune ^ | Tuesday, February 17, 2009 | Mike Glover
    DES MOINES -- Nearly half of any future sales tax increase would be earmarked for outdoor and natural resources programs under a measure overwhelmingly approved by the Iowa House on Tuesday. Although there are no plans to raise Iowa's sales tax, supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment said outdoor programs deserved a share of any future increase. That's because those programs are among the first to be cut in tough budget times, they said. "When state budgets get cut, almost the first cut is natural resources," said Rep. Paul Bell, D-Newton, the main backer of the measure.
  • Internet sales taxes creeping closer to reality

    01/13/2009 7:09:42 PM PST · by Publius804 · 31 replies · 1,299+ views ^ | Jan 13, 2009 | Christopher Null
    Internet sales taxes creeping closer to reality Faced with crushing deficits, depressed tax revenues, and a grim outlook for 2009, states across the country are taking another hard look at taxing interstate sales completed on the web. Once a strict "no tax" zone, those walls are now on the verge of crumbling. Following the lead of tax-hungry New York, 22 states and hundreds of retailers have joined a group called the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. The goal of the group is to simplify the methods by which sales taxes are calculated, collected, and transmitted online by creating a set...
  • Buying on Web to avoid sales taxes could end soon

    01/13/2009 8:21:46 AM PST · by DFG · 95 replies · 1,811+ views
    AP via ^ | 01/12/09 | RACHEL METZ
    Shopping online can be a way to find bargains while steering clear of crowds—and sales taxes. But those tax breaks are starting to erode. With the recession pummeling states' budgets, their governments increasingly want to fill the gaps by collecting taxes on Internet sales, which are growing even as the economy shudders. And that is sparking conflict with companies that do business online only and have enjoyed being able to offer sales-tax free shopping.
  • A Future Consumption Tax to Fix Today’s Economy

    01/13/2009 6:17:44 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 40 replies · 1,123+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 12, 2009 | Alan B. Krueger
    ... Why not pass a 5 percent consumption tax to take effect two years from now? There are many different ways to implement a consumption tax, but for simplicity think about a national sales tax. In the short run, the anticipation of a consumption tax would encourage households to spend money now, rather than after the tax is in place. Along with the rest of the economic recovery package, this would help jump-start spending in the economy and thereby increase production and employment. In the long run, a 5 percent consumption tax would raise approximately $500 billion a year, and...
  • CA: Teachers union proposes sales tax to fund schools

    01/06/2009 10:06:50 AM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 34 replies · 1,171+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 6 January 2009 | Neil Gonzales
    Teachers union proposes sales tax to fund schools BURLINGAME — The California Teachers Association has proposed a statewide ballot initiative to raise at least $5 billion a year for public education through a 1-cent sales tax increase. The tax would provide new, ongoing funding for schools and community colleges in a time of continuing budget shortfalls, the Burlingame-based association said. "California's budget process is broken," said David Sanchez, president of the 340,000-member CTA, "and our students and schools are suffering the consequences. More students are being squeezed into already overcrowded classrooms (and) more than 10,000 teachers and education support professionals...
  • CA: CBS 5 Poll: South Bay BART Measure Falling Short (Santa Clara County Measure B)

    10/28/2008 12:49:36 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 14 replies · 391+ views
    KPIX (CBS-5) ^ | 22 October 2008
    CBS 5 Poll: South Bay BART Measure Falling Short SAN JOSE (CBS 5/KCBS/BCN) ― A new poll of Santa Clara County voters finds Measure B, a one-eighth-cent increase in the sales tax to help pay for the BART extension to San Jose, still has not garnered the two-thirds majority it needs to pass. A CBS 5 poll conducted by SurveyUSA found that 62 percent of likely voters either lean toward voting or are certain to vote for the extension. The Yes on B campaign has lined up big names such as former Transportation Secretary Norm Mineta to convince the 17...
  • The truth about Edwards’ new radio ad (Chet Edwards Lies)

    10/24/2008 3:40:20 PM PDT · by Raider Sam · 13 replies · 436+ views ^ | Oct. 21, 2008 | Rob Says
    Many of you in District 17 have been hearing a radio commercial being played by my opponent in this congressional race, and if you’re like me, when I first heard it, I was stunned. It represents the worst of what politics has become in this day and age. In a breathtaking distortion of the facts, Chet Edwards claims that I want to raise taxes on the American people by 30%. This spot even goes so far as to say I’ll tax food for children and medicine for the elderly. That’s crazy and nothing could be further from the truth. Since...
  • Q&A: Governor (SchwarzenKennedy) says sales tax increase is right for state (JAAA! Tax Tax Tax!!!)

    08/22/2008 9:58:17 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 215+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 8/22/08 | Kevin Yamamura
    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke to The Bee on Thursday after embracing a temporary 1-cent sales tax proposal to help bridge a $15.2 billion budget shortfall. Under the plan, the sales tax after three years would drop permanently by 1.25 cents, and lawmakers would agree to support long-term budget changes. The state is now 53 days into the fiscal year without a budget. You campaigned on the idea of no new taxes. Do you feel that you broke that promise? I look at that as being realistic and not getting stuck in ideology but doing what is right for the state...
  • States may tax iTunes, other digital downloads

    08/12/2008 12:00:27 PM PDT · by weegee · 11 replies · 213+ views
    cnet News ^ | August 12, 2008 4:00 AM PDT | Posted by Stephanie Condon
    If you enjoy buying music from iTunes, movies from's Unbox, or computer software from anywhere, be warned: the halcyon days of tax-free digital purchases may be over. With retail e-commerce sales now estimated to exceed $130 billion a year, and iTunes song purchases topping 5 billion, state politicians and tax collectors have begun to levy new fees on digital downloads. Call it the iTax. In 2008 alone, at least nine states have considered digital download taxes, and at least five of those states have enacted them into law. Nebraska's governor signed a digital download tax bill into law in...
  • Perata says sales tax idea is only 'a start'

    08/05/2008 3:28:21 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 188+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 8/5/8 | Aurelio Rojas
    Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata today welcomed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed 1-cent sales tax hike as "a start," but declared budget negotiations are at an impasse and said he does not expect a quick resolution. Perata's comments, following a Senate session, were his first since Schwarzenegger proposed the temporary sales tax increase over the weekend in an effort to bridge the state's $15.2 billion deficit and bring an end to the 36-day budget standoff. "I'm glad the governor has come around to saying publicly what we've known all along - that we have to have taxes in order to...
  • Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposes temporary California sales-tax hike to close budget deficit

    08/04/2008 5:42:24 PM PDT · by granite · 64 replies · 384+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 4:24 PM PDT, August 4, 2008 | By Evan Halper and Nancy Vogel, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proposed during private budget negotiations over the weekend to close the state's $15.2-billion deficit with a temporary one-cent hike in the state sales tax, to take effect immediately, according to Democratic and Republican legislative sources. The proposal, floated in meetings with legislative leaders and their staff, hinges on lawmakers agreeing to spending restraints to control the growth of government and give governors authority to cut programs whenever the state falls into the red. Lawmakers and staffers close to budget negotiations said the governor, who has repeatedly vowed never to raise taxes, would not support the...
  • U.S. Cities Increasing Sales Taxes in Record Fashion

    05/23/2008 9:27:29 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 16 replies · 76+ views
    CPA2Biz, Inc. ^ | May 22, 2008 | John Minassian
    U.S. Cities Increasing Sales Taxes in Record Fashion Over 450 cities increase sales taxes in 2007. by John Minassian According to the recently released Vertex Sales Tax Rate Report, 485 U.S. cities increased their sales tax rate in 2007, representing the largest annual expansion in the number of cities that either increased their existing rates or initiated sales taxes in the past four years. Last year, 178 cities nationwide initiated new city tax rates, while 307 cities increased their pre-existing sales tax rates. Of these, North Courtland, Ala., had the largest increase, to a four percent sales tax rate from...
  • 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...
  • Transportation leaders: Texas needs more money for its roads

    04/25/2008 5:13:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 342+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 23, 2008 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    AUSTIN — Maybe Texas’ transportation problems are a lot simpler to understand than recent fights over toll roads make it seem, North Texas leaders told state senators Wednesday. “My first recommendation: You need to provide a lot more revenue for transportation,” Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, told the Texas Senate transportation committee. That was hardly the only suggestion from Mr. Morris or the many others who spoke to the committee, which is seeking input as it readies an approach on toll roads, TxDOT and more for the next legislative session. But it might...
  • The Fair Tax: Starve the Federal Government

    04/18/2008 8:26:13 AM PDT · by mondoreb · 12 replies · 143+ views
    DBKP ^ | April 18, 2008 | mondoreb
    Red Planet Cartoons commemorated the annual feeding of the federal Leviathan: April 15th, Tax Day. The above cartoon kicks off an informative post about The Fair Tax. “[P]assing the FairTax would constitute the biggest transfer of power from government to the people in the history of this republic.” -–from the book FairTax: The Truth: Answering the Critics by congressman John Linder and Neal Boortz, p.60. For those who need information on the Fair Tax idea, RPC presents the following, easy-to-digest table.

    04/01/2008 10:18:32 PM PDT · by george76 · 35 replies · 123+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 11, 2006 | Matthew Yi
    Local governments also are big gainers as price at the pump continues to rise. The coffers of state and local governments are seeing big gains as a result of increased revenue generated by the sales tax that consumers pay on gasoline. Sales tax receipts from the gas pumps in the fourth quarter of last year grew by nearly $100 million from the same period the year before ... Since 2002, sales tax revenues on gas have been growing annually by $300 million to $400 million to reach $2.86 billion in 2005, according to the California Board of Equalization. And with...
  • Stroger's cousin gets 12% hike

    03/24/2008 3:23:11 PM PDT · by OeOeO · 4 replies · 414+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | March 24,2008 | STEVE PATTERSON
    When Cook County Board President Todd Stroger introduced his cousin Donna Dunnings as the county's new chief financial officer last year, they each boasted of the savings taxpayers would realize. She would take a salary far less than the previous CFO. That was then.
  • Radio appearance - "The John Spencer Show" (Fair Tx Interview)

    03/18/2008 12:48:36 PM PDT · by Man50D · 65 replies · 522+ views
    WLPO AM, LaSalle, IL FairTax National Communications Director, Ken Hoagland, will appear on "The John Spencer Show" on WLPO radio, 1220 AM at 11:05 am CDT. The radio station is in LaSalle, IL and the program will stream from WLPO's Web site. Connect here >>Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2008 Time: 11:05 AM
  • When a Latte’s a Lot

    03/17/2008 9:45:34 AM PDT · by GoldwaterInstitute · 1 replies · 394+ views
    The Goldwater Institute ^ | March 13, 2008 | Byron Schlomach
    When a Latte’s a Lot: Venti or Grande, a Tax is a Tax Byron Schlomach, Goldwater Institute Daily Email, March 13, 2008 When engineers need to know the precise strength of a structure, they test it by adding tiny amounts of weight to an actual example or a model. Eventually, the structure fails. That last gram of weight--the one that makes the difference between an intact structure and a pile of rubble--is pretty significant, at least to the structure. Thus, it’s always with some amusement when I read of how “little” government programs and taxes cost us. One of the...
  • Texans ponder where superhighway might take them

    03/04/2008 1:28:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 415+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 4, 2008 | Peter Canellos
    REFUGIO, Texas - With an abandoned Wild West-vintage town of storefronts slumbering just a block from old US 77, tiny Refugio is a place where myth and reality coexist in a ghostly silence. more stories like this Obama faces heat over aide's NAFTA remarks to Canadians Texas, Ohio could decide Dem nomination Canada says didn't misrepresent Obama over NAFTA McCain tags Dems on trade treaty NAFTA seen differently in Ohio, Texas And now this South Texas outpost is swept up in one of the more intriguing tests of myth vs. reality in today's political life: the battle over the so-called...
  • Congressman Rob Wittman Cosponsors Fair Tax

    02/21/2008 12:23:50 PM PST · by Man50D · 63 replies · 325+ views
    The Americans For Fair Taxation welcomes Congressman Rob Wittman to The Fair Tax movement. He joined The Fair Tax movement on February 14th. Representative Wittman is the 74th cosponsor. His signing is the second in February. Clearly the grassroots momentum for The Fair Tax is growing! Please keep up your enthusiasm for Fair Tax! Congratulations Representative Wittman for joining The Fair Tax movement!
  • People come out ahead under 'Fair Tax' plan

    02/19/2008 12:54:34 PM PST · by Man50D · 246 replies · 96+ views ^ | February 17, 2008 | Scot Parsick
    This is a response to the Feb. 7 letter "Most families come out behind in 'Fair Tax' plan." The writer states that 80 percent to 85 percent of Americans spend most of their income. Money magazine does a yearly survey of all age groups, and the worst savers of them all are the 18- to 25- year-old group, and 21 percent of them have some form of savings or 401k. What the "Fair Tax" would do among other things is bring back more jobs to America by making our products more competitive around the world. According to the more than...