Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Democratic senator wants Internet sales taxes

A Democratic senator is preparing to introduce legislation that aims to end the golden era of tax-free Internet shopping.

The proposal--expected to be made public soon after Tax Day--would rewrite the ground rules for Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the ability of Americans to shop at Web sites like Amazon.com and Overstock.com without paying state sales taxes.

Dick Durbin of Illinois, the second most senior Senate Democrat, will introduce the bill after the Easter recess, a Democratic aide told CNET.

"Why should out-of-state companies that sell their products online have an unfair advantage over Main Street bricks-and-mortar businesses?" Durbin said in a speech in Collinsville, Ill., in February. "Out-of-state companies that aren't paying their fair share of taxes are sticking Illinois residents and businesses with the tab."

At the moment, Americans who shop over the Internet from out-of-state vendors aren't always required to pay sales taxes at the time of purchase. Californians buying books from Amazon.com or cameras from Manhattan's B&H Photo, for example, won't pay the sales taxes at checkout time that they would if shopping at a local mall--which is what Durbin means by giving online retailers an "unfair advantage."

On the other hand, there are some 7,500 different taxing jurisdictions in the United States, each with a set of very precise rules describing what can and can't be taxed and at what rate. That makes it challenging terrain for retailers to navigate.  ...

via Democratic senator wants Internet sales taxes | Privacy Inc. - CNET News.

Oh hell no. Let this be the last straw.  Politicians have taken our money and they have squandered it. Year after year they have wasted billions in useless brutal overseas oil and opium wars. They've bailed out big banks on the backs of the broke, just to create another bubble. Enough! No more taxes! Get your light saber and rise up, goddamnit!


Ann said...

Very nice comment, Xeno. But, please don't go supporting another corporate-backed, fake-"grassroots" political party, like the ant-tax Tea Party. The polluting giants, the Koch brothers, major funders of the Tea Party, are great supporters of "corporate socialism," as most corporate monsters are (while publicly claiming they want a "small government" and "less taxes," which true but only for themselves: wealthy corporations & their CEOs). At the same time, the rest of humanity merely struggles along without any help at all. There are no "bailouts" for real, biological people. In fact, given events like in Wisconsin, Michigan, and elsewhere recently we, the people, are getting less and less from our "democratic" government with the excuse being we're in an economic recession, or because of the national deficit or whatever. But, these excuses don't seem to affect the billions of dollars for our "endless wars" or corporate bailouts.

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