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A little disappointed in Lamar Alexander and others

Posted Thursday, November 10, 2011, at 9:04 AM

A "bill was introduced Wednesday in the U.S. Senate by Republicans Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Michael Enzi of Wyoming and Illinois Democrat Dick Durbin."

The bill would create a national sales tax for online sales.

Why would you put more burden on many of us who are trying to make ends meet by selling on the internet? I realize there are many big businesses selling this way as well, but.....

Some folks say it will level the playing field with Brick and Mortar stores but internet folks pay shipping which is MUCH more than a sales tax (I hope).

Convenience and selection are things that make the internet successful but additional costs in sales tax will not help. I am surprised that Mr. Alexander would promote taking money from the people and giving it to the government which re-distributes in its' traditionally inept and corrupt way.

Maybe he has been up there too long. They say it can mess with your head.

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Steve, I agree a lot of our politicians have been in office too long. Yes, it must mess with the head as it seems they forget who they were put in office to represent, the people, not what they can take from the tax payers.

-- Posted by Poksalad on Thu, Nov 10, 2011, at 9:14 AM

Just to clarify, the bill as I understand it does not create a "national sales tax." What it does is give states the power to require that online merchants collect state sales tax -- provided that any state wishing to take advantage of the law streamlines and standardizes its tax policies and procedures. No one is requiring that any state do this; it would be up to the states to opt-in.

Technically, of course, state sales tax already applies to online sales, but since out-of-state vendors can't be forced to collect it under current law customers are supposed to report and pay it themselves. Needless to say, I'm sure compliance with this is quite low. :)

Sellers with less than a half-million in annual sales would be exempt.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Thu, Nov 10, 2011, at 10:08 AM

If leveling the playing field for taxes is the goal, why not start with a single tax rate for everyone?

-- Posted by quietmike on Thu, Nov 10, 2011, at 3:40 PM

John, thanks for reading it all. I have not been able to get to that point about less than half a million in sales. I might fall under that quota and so would many small businesses.

Levelling the taxes was not the basis as I understand, but I have heard that used before so I thought I would preempt it.

John, did they say who would actually collect these taxes? If the Feds are in it, what strings will be attached for the States?

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Nov 10, 2011, at 5:52 PM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.