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Old 25th April 2013, 12:26 AM   #11
Ron E is offline Ron E  United States
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Taxation = politics
Shouldn't this thread be closed?

If not, my philosophy:
Gas tax should fund roads, public transportation.
Property tax should fund city infrastructure
People who choose to have children should pay tax for schooling.
Things like national defense, etc, should be a per capita tax, with generous minimums before taxation starts.
We need our taxation to better represent the 'true costs' of things.
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Old 25th April 2013, 12:46 AM   #12
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1)Each state wanting to collect the tax would have to provide tax software for the retailer to collect according to the purchaser's zip code, so there are 50 jurisdictions maximum instead of 10,000.
Unfortunately, the tax is different county by county and sometimes within counties. Likewise, what is taxed and how much tax varies from county to county- for example, if I buy milk at a convenience store here in Lake County, the tax rate is different than if I buy the same milk to drink at a fast food place.And both are different than if I buy the same items in Cook County, right next to us. So the software, such as it is, is fairly useless (except for state tax), which is why small businesses are up in arms about it. Amazon and Walmart.com love it, it gives them a huge competitive advantage.

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Eight years ago, Sens. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., and Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., introduced legislation that would have allowed Internet sales taxes to be collected -- but only after states simplified and standardized their tax systems through a process created in 2000. Enzi said at the time that it was necessary to require "dramatic simplification in almost every aspect of sales and use tax collection and administration" including "a reduced number of sales tax rates" and "reduced audit burdens for sellers."

The current version of S.743, however, lacks those protections. Small sellers with no profits could be subject to audits in dozens of states. Each of the nearly 10,000 local tax jurisdictions could specify a different tax rate. Businesses would also have to figure out how to handle the complexity of integrating as many as 46 state government-supplied software packages into Web ordering systems.
This from http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57...ers-retailers/ which sorts out the confusion between earlier efforts and the current proposed legislation.

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In other news, delivery trucks dropping these things off still use roads and other infrastructure, which must be maintained somehow. In-state retailers pay their share, so why keep an exemption for out-of-staters?
They do already. Gas taxes, tolls, state tax on the road users' profits, commercial vehicle licenses...
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Old 25th April 2013, 12:49 AM   #13
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No issues with taxes. How often are they spent on what they were intended for? No worries. Just raise taxes.
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Given the intent of the OP (to inspire political action) and the politically oriented comments of some of the responses, this thread clearly treads into the area of political discussion despite the obvious economic implications, and for this reason I've closed the thread.
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