Senate Votes in Favor of Internet Sales Tax Bill
April 23, 2013 5:41 AM
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It even won backing from U.S. President Barack Obama
Legislation for the collection of online sales taxes took a major step forward in
a Senate vote
The legislation -- known as the Marketplace Fairness Act -- scored a big victory in a procedural vote of 74-20 Monday night. It even won backing from U.S. President Barack Obama.
The Marketplace Fairness Act allows states to force out-of-state retailers to collect online sales taxes. Currently, states can only require merchants within their borders to collect sales taxes.
The legislation offers an exemption for merchants that generate less than $1 million in annual out-of-state revenue.
"It will level the playing field for local small business retailers who are undercut every day by out-of-state on-line companies," said Jay Carney, White House spokesman.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid filed a motion in support of the new bill last Thursday.
Many states are in favor of the Marketplace Fairness Act because the money from sales tax collection could help with financial deficits. For instance, the California Board of Equalization said it made $96.4 million in
sales tax on internet commerce
from September-December 2012, which is the first full quarter that the state started collecting.
Brick-and-mortar stores are also happy with the legislation, since stores like Wal-Mart and Best Buy have complained about the unfair advantage online retailers like Amazon have when it comes to the lack of sales tax collection in certain states.
However, not everyone is in favor of the Marketplace Fairness Act. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) strongly opposes the legislation, and plans to fight it until the end.
"This is big retailers and big business lining up to put burdens on the Internet for small online business," said Ayotte. "It is so wrong and it is a precursor to other things they will try to grab using the Internet, including taxing the Internet."
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said that he would comply with sales tax collection if there were some sort of federal legislation regarding the topic. It has been fighting U.S. states that force it to collect sales tax for years (except in Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota and Washington). Only recently has it started collecting in additional states (like Texas and
, for example). But in return, Amazon gets to create more distribution centers within these state's borders.
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RE: Is this even a surprise?
4/23/2013 9:16:39 AM
Economy still has not recovered and low GDP
Politicians sequestrated hundreds of thousands of federal employees to reduce spending but ended up reducing GPD, hurt local businesses tied with government, drastically reduced spending on a large number of people. Sequestration did not affect politicians but they did takes weeks and weeks of recess(vacations) fully paid.
Economy stops recovering and another hiring freeze had occurred.
Politicians sees low GPD, less tax revenue and need to raise more money.
Politicians finds more ways to tax and increase tax.
Makes tax on the one part of the economy that still creates jobs and growth.
Economy goes into further recession.
Economy still has not recovered and low GDP
Politicians sequestrated hundreds of thousands of federal employees again
Economy stops recovering and another hiring freeze again....
....and so on and so on.
"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
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