Internet taxes

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What's needed is protection for Internet sellers and consumers.

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For many customers, one of the true benefits in online shopping is the lack of sales tax.

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The House should reject the Internet sales tax.

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Imagine trying to start an innovative, online small business in Virginia only to find out that the federal government mandates that you must become the tax collector for 9,600 jurisdictions — 9,599

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The distortions and costs of this tax far outweigh the value of revenues going to state and local governments.

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More Internet taxes. It’s absurd, but the U.S. Senate voted to approve what some are calling the “National Internet Tax Mandate,” which will potentially cause the prices of anything purchased online to rise.It’s bills like this that justify Congress’ 15 percent approval rating.

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The prospect of having to deal with state-by-state sales tax collection for Internet transactions is a “nightmare” for Colleen Rast of Great Sky Gifts of Kalispell.

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Chairman of the powerful Finance Committee and senior senator from a non-sales tax state, Montana’s Max Baucus is uniquely positioned to protect both American consumers and his home state’s businesses from out-of-state politicians imposing new, onerous sales taxes.

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Today, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for FY2013 that would attach his “Marketplace Fairness Act” to the national security legislation. In response to this action, Phil Bond, executive director of the WE R HERE Coalition, issued the following statement:

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Barely two months ago Amazon.com, the world's largest online retailer, and other online retailers began collecting sales taxes in California, even though they have no warehouses or other buildings in the state.