Internet sales tax would level start-ups: Opposing view
Imagine if the cashiers handling your Black Friday checkouts asked to see your driver's license so they could look up sales tax rates and rules for the town where you live, then file returns and face tax audits for every state their customers came from. That sounds crazy, but it's exactly what the latest Internet sales tax bill would require for any business that sells through a catalog or website.
Lawmakers in Congress, backed by deep-pocketed lobbyists from Walmart and Amazon, want to impose a radical new tax regime under the guise of "leveling the playing field." In reality, the only things likely to get "leveled" are the small businesses that go online to compete with the superstores, and American consumers who value the choices they find on the Internet.