"Don't Believe Everything You Hear ..."
about the proposed internet
I read the proposed bill:
The first line, of course, nearly stood me on my head:
"To restore States' sovereign rights to enforce State and local
sales and use tax laws, and for other purposes."
It's those last four words! I suppose they are there so our
esteemed leaders can add whatever other crap they wish to the
final bill. That ALWAYS bears watching!
The bill would exempt merchants with online annual out-of-state
sales of $1 million or less. So, for our purposes as a
small-business organization, the nightmare of payment of the
tax collections is mostly a moot point.
However, most of us ARE online consumers - and the claim is:
"The bill would basically level the playing field for online and
bricks-and-mortar retailers, charging customers sales taxes on
purchases both online and in the stores."
This law will FAVOR brick and mortar business. In fact, the
playing field is already slanted in their favor:
Off-line – we pay sales tax
On-line – we pay shipping
And, shipping is always way more than sales tax!
This would only be the beginning. You can be assured, if it
passes, next the cities and counties will want their piece of
the action. Not to mention the Feds!