No online taxation without representation
No online taxation without representation © Getty Images Since our nation’s founding, the idea of no taxation without representation has been a guiding principle. State taxes are collected to pay for essential governmental services, such as infrastructure, education, sanitation and many more. Since these services are for the benefit of citizens, it is entirely within the jurisdiction of state and local governments to collect taxes to pay for them.
What to expect in the Lame Duck? Internet Sales Taxes
The National Internet Sales Tax Moratorium is the type of issue that Congress loves to push off until the lame duck. After all, why vote on an issue that puts grassroots liberty activists against powerful special interests before a controversial election when you can put it off until November?
Break down tax, trade barriers to help small businesses win
Washington often talks about small businesses being the “foundation of our economy.” While this may make for great stump speeches, it’s also absolutely true. Small businesses are an integral part of the US and global economy and that is the primary reason eBay devotes so much of our time and resources to the many small businesses that call our platform home.
Tester Restates His Opposition to Internet Sales Tax Bill
Senator Jon Tester once again expressed his opposition to the Marketplace Fairness Act. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, Tester outlined the disastrous impact an online sales tax would have on small businesses in Big Sky country.
Why a National Internet Sales Tax Is a Really Bad Idea
When politicians call for “fairness,” it’s important to take a closer look at their definition of fair. See, for example, the nationwide push in state capitols to slap online sales taxes on out-of-state retailers—a simple tax grab disguised as a matter of high-minded principle.
The State Has Enough Tax Money Already Without Internet Sales Tax
Are you ready for a tax on the Internet? Some politicians certainly are. They've been trying to collect money from your online purchases for years now, and even though they keep failing on the federal level, with Sens. Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch voting against it, state politicians are redoubling their efforts this year.
Recent Sales and Use Tax Nexus Legislation in Process
State legislatures continue to propose changes to sales and use tax laws addressing out-of-state and online sales transactions whereby affiliate agreements with in-state businesses would treat unregistered out-of-state businesses as doing business in a state.
Amazon Cuts Off Affiliate Program in Louisiana
Amazon is ending its affiliate program in Louisiana after legislators passed a law allowing the state to tax businesses without a physical presence there — the latest stand-off in the company’s long-running, state-by-state battle over Internet sales taxes.
A Tale of Two Internet Tax Bills
Poll after poll demonstrates clearly that Americans oppose Internet taxes. Yet even as Congress is poised to act on a wildly popular bill to bar states from imposing Internet-access taxes, the measure has been held up by those who want to tie it to a deeply unpopular plan to expand states' taxing powers online.
"Nothing Fair" About Internet Sales Tax Legislation
"There's nothing fair about the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, which would turn businesses in New Hampshire and across the nation into tax collectors for nearly 10,000 taxing jurisdictions," said Senator Ayotte.
NH Business Newsreel: Senate Leadership Advances Internet Tax
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., reaffirmed her opposition to an Internet sales tax Tuesday after reports that Senate Republican leadership has agreed to advance the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act.
Don't Tax the Internet
Since 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) has prohibited state and local government taxation of Internet access. And in an effort to protect consumers and business owners alike, Congress is considering making ITFA permanent. But, as usual, there are problems.
Taxed Enough Already (TEA): Let’s Not Find New and Exciting Ways to Tax the Internet
The federal government each year now takes from us record tallies of tax dollars. Yet the Feds have accrued nearly $19 trillion in debt – and that ridiculous number keeps hurtling skyward.
Coalition of Conservative Groups Opposes Utah Collecting Online Sales Tax
A Who's Who of national conservative groups is opposing efforts in the Utah Legislature to collect sales tax for online purchases. A coalition of 21 groups — including Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Tax Reform, FreedomWorks and the National Taxpayers Union — wrote to legislators on Wednesday to oppose SB65 and other expected moves to collect online sales tax.
Groups Push for Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act
More than 40 organizations have written to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and minority leader Harry Reid asking the Senate to pass the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), which would make permanent a long-standing ban in all but a few states on taxing Internet access service.
N.D. Senator: Internet Tax Bill Closer Than Ever to Passing
States and cities may not have to wait much longer for Congress to pass an Internet sales tax bill, allowing local governments to collect taxes from online transactions, said Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.
Taxing the Internet: The Latest Divide Among Republican Candidates
In an economic policy speech delivered earlier this week by presidential candidate Marco Rubio, he rolled out a fresh new line of attack, taking aim at some of his rivals for wanting to tax the Internet. “Other Republicans running for president support an Internet sales tax that could subject businesses to audit from almost 10,000 jurisdictions around the country,” Rubio said in Sarasota, Florida, adding the tax was an “anti-free market idea.”
Senate Floor Fight on Internet Tax Ban Expected Soon
Supporters of a long-term ban on state and local taxes of Internet access are confident they will have the votes in a soon-expected floor fight. A customs bill that includes the indefinite ban on Internet access taxes is expected to move soon, according to Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the No. 3 Republican in the Senate. And he predicted opponents will not have the votes to strip it out.
Setback for Online Sales Tax Effort
Lawmakers and industry groups who support online sales tax legislation are hopeful that they can get it passed despite a setback in Congress. Advocates for the sales tax measure had wanted to link it to a ban on taxing Internet access.
Senators Jockey Over Ban on Internet Taxes
Lawmakers are battling over how long to renew a ban on state and local taxes of Internet access. A customs package that had been slated to hit the Senate floor would ban the taxes indefinitely, locking in place a policy that has been around since 1998.