Internet Sales Tax

"Don't Believe Everything You Hear ..."

about the proposed internet sales tax!

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!

Email and Scams

"Listen UP!"

I've been saying this repeatedly ... now, here's the PROOF!

"An overwhelming 77 percent of all consumers surveyed prefer to receive promotional messages from companies via email compared to five percent who prefer text messages and four percent who prefer Facebook. Email is also one of the most utilized apps on every smartphone - right up there with the phone, text messaging and the browser itself."

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"Avoid 4 Common Internet Scams"

In the latest issue of the magazine warns about some recent popular online scams that can steal your money, identity, or damage your computer. Here are four they mentioned, along with advice on avoiding them …

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