Senate delays bill allowing online sales taxes

Apr 26, 2013 Full story: USA Today 12

The Senate moved closer Thursday to passing a bill to tax purchases made over the Internet.

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Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#1 Apr 26, 2013
"I can make a firm pledge. No family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes." President Barack Obama

So I'm sure he would never sign this new tax into law.

Since: Feb 06

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#2 Apr 26, 2013
"The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made online. The bill would require the sales taxes to be sent to the state where a shopper lives."

Don't they realize the the paperwork and research burden this will put on small retailers. I make between 30 and 50 online sales per month. Most sales would have different tax rates, and the taxes would have to be collected and forwarded to various states. The postage alone may exceed the amount of the tax on small items. Most people that sell online, do so on eBay or through eCommerce sites with shopping carts. Both automatically add sales tax to the amount the customer pays automatically. If this goes through, the programming to fix this will drive people out of business. This is an outrage and must be stopped.
Seems to me this government is only focused on creating a welfare state. They are doing everything they can to put people out of business and create more unemployment.
They call this the Marketplace Fairness Act. WOW! Fairness, now there is a novel idea. On many online purchases, the shipping and handling charges equal or out weigh the savings in sales tax.

Since: Feb 06

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#4 Apr 26, 2013
Quote from Senator Cruz,
"The Democratic leadership should not be doing the bidding of major corporate lobbyists, at the expense of mom-and-pop retailers across America. Forcing small Internet retailers to comply with the taxing authority of over 9,600 jurisdictions nationwide would kill jobs and stifle economic growth."

Who benefits from this bill? Large corporations. Sears, Target, Walmart, Office Depot, Home Depot etc.
These huge companies already have to collect the sales tax for states in which they have outlets.
Sterkfontein Swartkrans

Pennington, NJ

#5 Apr 26, 2013
Robert Newell wrote:
"The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made online. The bill would require the sales taxes to be sent to the state where a shopper lives."
Don't they realize the the paperwork and research burden this will put on small retailers. I make between 30 and 50 online sales per month. Most sales would have different tax rates, and the taxes would have to be collected and forwarded to various states. The postage alone may exceed the amount of the tax on small items. Most people that sell online, do so on eBay or through eCommerce sites with shopping carts. Both automatically add sales tax to the amount the customer pays automatically. If this goes through, the programming to fix this will drive people out of business. This is an outrage and must be stopped.
Seems to me this government is only focused on creating a welfare state. They are doing everything they can to put people out of business and create more unemployment.
They call this the Marketplace Fairness Act. WOW! Fairness, now there is a novel idea. On many online purchases, the shipping and handling charges equal or out weigh the savings in sales tax.
Thanks for posting your perspective. The tax will be a severe burden on small companies. Some will probably stop online sales if they become unprofitable. Dealing with the government is about as pleasant as an appointment with a proctologist!

“Proud To Be An American”

Since: Apr 07

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#6 Apr 26, 2013
Write your members of congress and say no.

Since: Mar 09

The Left Coast

#7 Apr 26, 2013
Sterkfontein Swartkrans wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks for posting your perspective. The tax will be a severe burden on small companies. Some will probably stop online sales if they become unprofitable. Dealing with the government is about as pleasant as an appointment with a proctologist!
I know, but they desperately need the money to send to countries that hate us, always have hated us and will always hate us. We'll at least until we all become Muslims.

Since: Feb 07

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#8 Apr 26, 2013
A Big Government Opportunity for Revenue Stream II.
Sterkfontein Swartkrans

Pennington, NJ

#9 Apr 26, 2013
RustyS wrote:
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I know, but they desperately need the money to send to countries that hate us, always have hated us and will always hate us. We'll at least until we all become Muslims.
Actually they need it to support the indolent and unproductive.

Since: Feb 06

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#10 Apr 26, 2013
JohnInLa wrote:
Write your members of congress and say no.
It is still in the Senate, and I called the offices of both of my Senators today and emailed them also.

Since: Feb 06

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#11 Apr 26, 2013
RayOne wrote:
A Big Government Opportunity for Revenue Stream II.
But the greatest burden to small businesses like mine is the research and paper work. The businesses don't pay the tax, they collect it, they have to look up the rate for each address to which they ship. You can't even go by zip code. The tax in my zip ranges from 6.75 to 8.25. In Texas, you can go online and look up the rate for a specific address. I don't know about other states. Then you will have to collect the tax and forward it to the state to which the product was shipped detailing which government entities get the money. Absolutely crazy.

“Proud To Be An American”

Since: Apr 07

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#12 Apr 26, 2013
Dear JohnInLa,
Thank you for contacting me about the enforcement of sales tax collection for online purchases. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue, and I agree with you.
As you know, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 would allow states to require online sellers to collect sales or use taxed on purchases regardless of whether or not the sellers have a physical presence in the state. Small businesses with remote sales of less than $1 million a year would be exempt.
I understand the competitive disadvantage burdening retail store owners, who are required to collect local and state sales taxes. Overall, this would be an effective tax increase on Louisiana consumers who are already facing tax and cost increases in a weak economy. It would also place a large burden on many businesses that would have to deal with thousands of different taxing jurisdictions, each with its own sales tax rates. That is why I oppose this bill.
Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about other issues important to you.
D. Vitter

“Proud To Be An American”

Since: Apr 07

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#13 Apr 26, 2013
Robert Newell wrote:
<quoted text>
It is still in the Senate, and I called the offices of both of my Senators today and emailed them also.
That's Great...Contacting elected officials is the next best thing to voting.

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