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  • Republican Congressman Pushes Internet Sales Tax Plan

    08/27/2016 1:37:59 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 16 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 26, 2016 | Richard Rubin
    A new Republican proposal [by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (RINO, VA)] to resolve the long-running fight over taxing internet sales across state lines drew praise from Inc. and House Speaker Paul Ryan. “I am shocked Republicans would propose an internet sales tax,” said Sen. Ron Wyden (D., Ore.) “This proposal would create a logistical nightmare for states like Oregon that don’t have or want sales taxes. I will continue to oppose any efforts to impose a national sales tax scheme on Oregonians.” Michael Needham, the chief executive officer of Heritage Action for America said, “the Republican-controlled Congress would be wise...
  • Key House Republican to Unveil Sales Tax Plan for Purchases Across State Lines

    08/25/2016 10:49:55 AM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 42 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | August 24, 2016 | Richard Rubin
    A top House Republican [Bob Goodlatte (RINO, Va.)] will release a new proposal in coming days that attempts to resolve the long-running dispute among retailers, state governments and online retailers over how to tax purchases made across state lines. ... sales would be taxed according to the tax base of the retailer and a single tax rate chosen by the consumer’s state, a Judiciary Committee aide said. So, for example, an Ohio company shipping a pair of pants to Maryland would use Ohio’s rules for taxing clothing and Maryland’s tax rate. Currently, that seller only collects taxes on the sale...
  • Congress Makes Internet Access Tax Ban Permanent

    02/12/2016 7:16:21 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 11, 2016 | By Kelly Phillips Erb
    Today, the Senate voted to keep internet access tax free -- permanently. If that feels like a small achievement, it's not. Taxing internet access has been barred by law since 1998. However, over the last 20 years, the prohibition wasn't a permanent law: it was a moratorium. To keep the moratorium in place, Congress had to extend it. And extend it again. So they did so in 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2014 and a series of band-aids through 2015 -- eight times in total.
  • The Dick Durbin Internet Tax

    12/22/2015 6:04:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 22, 2015 | Stephen Moore
    How's this for an early Christmas gift? Right before Congress left town for the holidays, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the Democratic whip, blew up a bill that would have provided Americans a permanent ban on the taxation of Internet service. Call it his "bah humbug" moment. Grinch Durbin has promised to hold this bill hostage unless he gets paid a ransom. He says he will only allow a permanent ban on Internet access taxes, if Congress votes to allow state and local sales taxes on Internet purchases. It's a game of pick your poison. This may seem like arcane, insider-baseball...
  • Get Ready for $11 Billion in 'Net Neutrality' Taxes

    04/10/2015 5:48:43 AM PDT · by IBD editorial writer · 103 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 03/09/2015 | Staff
    romises: Not long after FCC chairman Tom Wheeler swore that the FCC takeover of the Internet wouldn't result in new taxes or fees, it appears likely that new taxes will show up on Internet bills in the near future.
  • FCC's net neutrality rules open door to new fee on Internet service

    04/09/2015 2:27:56 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 46 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | April 9,2015 | JIM PUZZANGHERA
    Recently adopted net neutrality regulations soon could make your monthly Internet bill more complicated — and potentially more expensive. Every month, consumers pay a small fee on their phone bills for a federal program that uses the money — a total of $8.8 billion raised nationwide last year — to provide affordable access to telecommunications services in rural areas, underserved inner cities and schools. Now the fee could start appearing on broadband bills too, in a major expansion of the nearly two-decade-old Universal Service Fund program. It's not clear yet, however, if most consumers would end up paying more in...
  • FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Concedes Future Internet Tax Is Possible After All

    03/17/2015 12:43:53 PM PDT · by PROCON · 43 replies ^ | March 17, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    ( – In a surprise admission, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler acknowledged that an Internet tax – which he had previously said would not be imposed – could be imposed in the future. Wheeler’s remarks came during a Tuesday appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where he was asked to shed light on the process by which the FCC passed rules last month regulating the Internet. Wheeler’s admission came after Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) asked him to go on the record with his previous assurances that there would be no new taxes. “Can you guarantee...
  • Time to buy that new TV online: Boehner kills Internet sales tax bill..

    11/11/2014 11:38:14 AM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 103 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 11, 2014 | David Martosko, US Political Editor for MailOnline
    House speaker isn't going to bring up a Senate-passed 'fairness' bill during the lame-duck congressional sessionLegislation would allow states to collect sales taxes from their residents' online purchases, no matter where the e-tailer is locatedBrick-and-mortar stores and their trade groups want a mandate because they all have to collect sales taxes from walk-in customersRepublicans worry that all online stores, including small businesses, will find themselves having to deal with paperwork for nearly every US state House Speaker John Boehner has stuck an Internet sales tax proposal in a drawer and he doesn't intend to dust it off before the...
  • Netflix Brings the Drama, and Not Just in Its Shows

    10/01/2014 10:18:34 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | October 1, 2014 | Michi Iljazi
    In a recent stunt that flamed out, Netflix led an online effort to incite their consumers into taking action on net neutrality that would ultimately benefit the company’s own bottom-line. The company tried to fake a slowdown of the Internet on its site to mimic what they claim could happen without net neutrality. The failed stunt showed that Netflix’s assertions and sneakiness are absurd. Netflix is now the go-to destination for movie and TV show rentals, accounting for a staggering one-third of all downstream Internet traffic during peak hours. As the company’s popularity and consumer base has grown, so too...
  • The Case Against ISP Tolls (Netflix vs Comcast)

    04/25/2014 6:43:52 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 5 replies
    Netflix ^ | 4/24/2014 | Netflix
    As the person at Netflix responsible for content delivery, I spend a lot of time thinking about Netflix’s Open Connect CDN and its interconnection with ISPs. We are proud of the performance we’ve achieved through our hundreds of Open Connect partners around the globe. In fact, Netflix has a mutually beneficial relationship with nearly every ISP in every market where we provide service. But this is less the case for the largest ISP in the U.S., Comcast, which is trying to become even larger by acquiring Time Warner Cable. Netflix agreed to pay Comcast for direct interconnection to reverse an...
  • United Nations May Tax and Censor Post-U.S. Internet, Experts Warn

    04/09/2014 4:57:47 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 23 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 April 2014 | Alex Newman
    UN May Tax and Censor Post-U.S. Internet, Experts Warn 09 April 2014 Following the Obama administration’s decision to cede control over key elements of the Internet, the UN is already plotting to tax and censor the Web.... Full Article
  • Ex-Bush admin official: Internet giveaway weakens cybersecurity, opens door to Web tax

    03/15/2014 8:24:25 AM PDT · by shove_it · 20 replies
    DailyCaller ^ | 15 Mar 2014 | Giuseppe Macri
    The U.S. government’s plan to give away authority over the Internet’s core architecture to the “global Internet community” could endanger the security of both the Internet and the U.S. — and open the door to a global tax on Web use. “U.S. management of the internet has been exemplary and there is no reason to give this away — especially in return for nothing,” former Bush administration State Department senior advisor Christian Whiton told The Daily Caller. “This is the Obama equivalent of Carter’s decision to give away the Panama Canal — only with possibly much worse consequences.” The U.S....
  • Internet Sales Tax Hurts Businesses and the States that Pass Them

    11/14/2013 12:59:04 PM PST · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 8 replies
    Red State ^ | 11-14-13 | John Stephenson
    This past month, the Illinois State Supreme Court determined the state’s affiliate nexus law—a law requiring out-of-state companies with advertising affiliates in the state to collect and remit sales tax—violated federal law. In the majority opinion, Justice Anne Burke ruled that Illinois’ attempt to force collection of sales tax by out-of-state retailers based on their decision to use in-state online advertising rather than traditional print advertising represented a discriminatory taxation regime on the Internet and therefore violated the federal Internet Tax Freedom Act. No one understands the significance of last month’s Illinois State Supreme Court decision better than FatWallet founder...
  • Supreme Court Should Address Concerns about Federalism in New York’s Affiliate Nexus Law

    10/04/2013 9:34:25 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg
    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to hear a case that will help determine whether there are, in fact, constitutional protections from the ability of states to impose tax burdens on other states. ALEC has filed an amicus curiae brief as part of a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to a New York state law enacted in 2008 that considers an out-of-state company to be an in-state resident for tax collection purposes if the company receives a referral for a commission from any in-state resident...

    09/24/2013 12:03:42 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 44 replies
    Brietbart ^ | Tuesday September 24, 2013 | by Seton Motley
    The national Republican Party has a serious brand problem. Too many Establishment Elephants are too often Diet Democrats - taking positions just slightly less Large Government than the Donkey Party. That is - when they’re not agreeing with them in totality. Which disheartens and drives away American grassroots Conservatives - the lifeblood of any hope for Republicans in any election. And it drives average Americans crazy, because they see too much damage being done by DC - with two Parties too often agreeing on the obviously wrong solution. Democrats are for amnesty for the 12-20 million illegal aliens currently in...
  • Rand Paul: I’ve got Mike Enzi’s back vs. Liz Cheney

    07/16/2013 6:23:39 PM PDT · by BillyBoy · 62 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/11/13 | Alexander Burns
    Rand Paul: I’ve got Mike Enzi’s back vs. Liz Cheney Paul said he considers his colleague 'a good conservative.' | AP Photo By ALEXANDER BURNS | 7/11/13 11:44 AM EDT If Wyoming Sen. Mike Enzi ends up facing a primary challenge from Liz Cheney, he might be able to count on some help from one of his highest-profile conservative colleagues. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told POLITICO Thursday that he considers Enzi “a good conservative,” and said he wasn’t familiar with Cheney’s interest in running against the incumbent Republican. “I don’t know much about her or her politics, really,” Paul...
  • Are you paying the iTunes tax?

    06/05/2013 6:14:42 AM PDT · by listenhillary · 24 replies
    CNN Money ^ | 6/5/13 | Meanlie Hicken
    That $1.29 iTunes song or $9.99 e-book may be more expensive than you think. If you live in one of the nearly 25 states that charge sales tax on digital goods or services you likely pay more for everything from downloaded music, e-books and ringtones to streaming TV shows and video. And a growing number of states are finding ways to tax our digital diversions. While some states rely on existing sales tax laws, more than a dozen have enacted sales tax laws specifically targeting digital goods. In July, Minnesota's residents will be the latest consumers to pay tax on...
  • Top 10 bogus arguments for the Marketplace Fairness Act

    06/02/2013 10:45:37 AM PDT · by Valpal1 · 8 replies
    Rstreet ^ | May 1, 2013 | Andrew Moylan
    Whenever there are tens of millions of dollars worth of lobbying muscle behind a piece of legislation, folks seem willing to say just about anything to make a case for it. The Marketplace Fairness Act, the misguided legislation to allow states to enforce their tax laws on out-of-state businesses, is but the latest example. Here are the top 10 bogus arguments in favor of the bill.
  • U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 113th Congress [Roll Call Vote For INTERNET TAX]

    05/07/2013 2:37:05 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 27 replies ^ | 5/6/13 | 100 Senators
    Vote Summary Question: On Passage of the Bill (S. 743, as amended ) Vote Number: 113 Vote Date: May 6, 2013, 06:12 PM Required For Majority: 1/2 Vote Result: Bill Passed Measure Number: S. 743 (Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 ) Measure Title: A bill to restore States' sovereign rights to enforce State and local sales and use tax laws, and for other purposes.
  • Jeff Flake hints: I’ll support expanded background checks in return for changes on Internet sales

    05/07/2013 11:05:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 7, 2013 | Allahpundit
    A week ago, he noted on his Facebook page that his poll numbers after voting no on Toomey/Manchin put him somewhere south of “pond scum.” Today, this. He won’t face the voters again for five and a half years, but he shares a home state with Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. They can hurt him by campaigning against him in 2018 more than they can anyone else in the Senate. No wonder he’s looking for ways to flip: Republican Sen. Jeff Flake told CNN he is willing to reverse his opposition to expanding background checks for guns if the Senate...
  • Governor Palin: ‘More New Taxes?’ (Updated)

    05/06/2013 9:34:03 PM PDT · by Bratch · 12 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | May 06 2013 | Steve Flesher
    Governor Palin via Facebook: More new taxes?How can we be divided on new taxes? In this horribly weak economy with an over-reaching, over-spending, anti-small-business government continually making the wrong decisions, Republicans can’t even stay committed to “No New Taxes”?Please step away from your Washington, DC bubble and get back in touch with the hard working people who sent you there. Read the planks in our party’s platform and then read our lips. Learn from history or face repeating it: NO NEW TAXES.- Sarah Palin The Governor also took to Twitter and released the following:
  • Senate passes internet sales tax bill amid opposition from conservatives

    05/06/2013 4:31:33 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 198 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Monday, May 6, 2013 | Dominic Rushe
    The US Senate on Monday passed a bill aimed at ending tax-free shopping on the internet but the move looks set to face fierce opposition before it becomes law. The Marketplace Fairness Act, which has cross-party supporter and the backing of powerful retailers, would give states the power to require retailers with sales over $1m to collect state and local sales taxes for online purchases.
  • Internet sales tax embraced by no-tax Republicans (in Senate)

    04/25/2013 5:55:21 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 171 replies
    yahoo news ^ | 4/25/2013 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — You don't see this very often: a majority of Senate Republicans voting to make people who buy stuff on the Internet pay state and local sales taxes. The Senate could vote as early as Thursday on a bill to empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet. Under the bill, the sales taxes would be sent to the states where a shopper lives. On Wednesday, the bill passed a test vote in the Senate, 74 to 23, with 27 Republicans voting in favor. Senate Majority Leader...
  • Get Ready To Be Taxed on Internet Purchases

    04/23/2013 1:54:01 PM PDT · by Jean S · 148 replies
    National Journal via Yahoo ^ | 4/23/13 | Nancy Cook
    Proposed Internet sales-tax legislation received a huge boost on Monday when the White House officially backed the bill, saying it would level the playing field among online and retail stores by ensuring that both pay sales taxes. “Today, while local small-business retailers follow the law and collect sales taxes from customers who make purchases in their stores, many big-business online and catalogue retailers do not collect the same taxes,” White House press secretary Jay Carney. “This puts local, neighborhood-based small businesses at a disadvantage to big, out-of-state, online companies.”Now, the Senate is scheduled to debate the Internet sales-tax legislation for...
  • Gregoire pushes for online sales tax

    11/26/2012 7:11:11 PM PST · by Baynative · 94 replies
    kiroTV ^ | 11/26/12 | AP
    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire's time in office may be best remembered for the major deals she helped broker, often in late-night bargaining sessions in which negotiators were ordered to find a resolution. Now the Democrat, two months away from leaving Washington state government, is looking to finalize one more big agreement.
  • Don't let the UN steal the Internet

    08/29/2012 7:22:08 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 6 replies
    ZD Net ^ | 8/28/2012 | David Gewirtz
    Summary: If the UN seizes control of the Internet, they'll take the Internet from the voices of freedom and give it to nations who'd prefer to either kill it or refashion it into another tool of state control.
  • Tax Break Nears End for Online Shoppers

    07/16/2012 2:29:10 PM PDT · by JeepersFreepers · 43 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 16, 2012 | Monica Langley
    Republican governors, eager for new revenue to ease budget strains, are dropping their longtime opposition to imposing sales taxes on online purchases, a significant political shift that could soon bring an end to tax-free sales on the Internet. The newfound support among Republicans is a dramatic change from just a few months ago. [N.J. Gov. Chris]Christie called taxation of online sales "an important issue to all the nation's governors" and endorsed federal legislation giving all states taxing authority.
  • Christie Embraces Online Sales Tax

    07/16/2012 2:24:56 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 78 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 16th | WSJ Staff
    In a dramatic change, Republican governors — including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — are supporting sales taxes on online purchases in an attempt to send more revenue to state coffers.
  • U.N. could tax U.S. - based Web sites, leaked docs show

    06/08/2012 6:15:46 PM PDT · by Innovative · 34 replies
    CNET ^ | June 7, 2012 | Declan McCullagh and Larry Downes
    Global Internet tax suggested by European network operators ... is proposed for debate at a U.N. agency in December. The documents (No. 1 No. 2) punctuate warnings that the Obama administration and Republican members of Congress raised last week about how secret negotiations at the ITU over an international communications treaty could result in a radical re-engineering of the Internet ecosystem and allow governments to monitor or restrict their citizens' online activities. The leaked documents were posted by the Web site WCITLeaks... Robert McDowell, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission who wrote an article (PDF) in the Wall...
  • Internet Taxes Move to the Forefront in a Number of States

    02/27/2012 8:37:40 AM PST · by 92nina · 21 replies · 2+ views
    ATR ^ | 2012-02-24 | Kaitlyn Ewing
    As many states move forward with pro-growth spending and tax reforms, a couple of state legislatures are taking steps in the opposite direction. Legislators in Virginia and Kansas are advancing bills that seek to dissolve the physical nexus standard in their respective states and implement an Internet sales tax on out-of-state companies. This type of tax will not only kill jobs and close down businesses, as it has done in other states, but it is also entirely unconstitutional. In Kansas, SB 371 moves to push the long arm of the tax collector past its appropriate state boundary and count third-party...
  • Florida Legislature to Propose Internet Sales Tax

    02/01/2012 3:59:04 PM PST · by kara2008 · 5 replies · 1+ views
    Americans for Prosperity Florida (via email) ^ | 2/1/2012 | Americans for Prosperity
    The Senate has confirmed our fears and on Thursday they will be proposing a new tax on Internet purchases. During a full-fledged recession, leave it to the Florida Legislature to propose a new tax - and one that they have questionable constitutional authority to enact.On Thursday morning the Senate Subcommittee on Finance and Tax, chaired by Sen. Ellyn Bogdanoff, will propose SB 7206 for consideration. This bill would institute a new sales tax on Internet purchases if the retailer uses affiliates or referrals in the state. This bill aims to tax transactions by companies like Amazon, and has been proposed...
  • EDITORIAL: Unplug the Internet tax

    08/03/2011 9:19:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 2, 2011 | Editorial
    Congressional Democrats scheme to prop up state spending with online leviesThe class warriors in Congress won’t rest until everything is taxed multiple times. The idea that online retailers aren’t collecting tribute for states in which they have no physical presence galls Sen. Richard J. Durbin, Illinois Democrat, and Rep. John Conyers, Michigan Democrat. So they dreamed up the Main Street Fairness Act to force Internet shoppers to prop up the big spenders in state government. Crony capitalists are lining up in support. Big players in the online space such as Amazon and others with nationwide physical footprints such as Sears...
  • California's Newest Job-Killer. Internet Sales Tax Law Will Only Accelerate State's Decline

    07/09/2011 6:33:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/09/2011 | Gary Jason
    The job-killing internet sales tax law just signed by Governor Jerry Brown will only accelerate the decline of our most populous state.Consider the facts.  Already, on the recent ranking of states on the basis of their tax climates done by the Tax Foundation, California is almost at the bottom at #49.  On the ranking of states for economic freedom done by the Mercatus Center, it stands at a risible #48.Moreover, as business relocation consultant Joe Vranich reports, California has seen a rapidly increasing business flight.  California was averaging one "disinvestment event" (read: a business either relocating an existing facility...
  • States look to Internet taxes to close budget gaps.

    06/20/2011 11:42:54 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 29 replies
    FoxNews ^ | Published June 19, 2011 | Associated Press
    With sales tax revenue slumping more than 30 percent in most states between 2007 and 2010, lawmakers across the country are grasping for ways to collect those unpaid taxes. Retailers and lawmakers in several states have proposed ways to solve the problem, some with more support than others. Internet retailers cite a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision involving catalog sales, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which ruled that states could require only companies that had a physical presence within the state to act as tax collector. Last year, New York enacted a law that said Internet retailers' practice of paying...
  • Amazon Severs Ties With Conn. Retailers Over Tax

    06/10/2011 9:20:44 PM PDT · by matt04 · 23 replies
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- says it is severing its relationships with affiliates in Connecticut because of a new state tax on certain online purchases. The retail giant gave notice Friday in a letter to small retailers in the state that until now have received fees for funneling sales to Amazon. The affiliates sell products through Amazon or offer links to Amazon on their own websites. ... Under the new budget, sales tax will be collected when somebody purchases an item online through a website based in Connecticut.
  • Dan Walters: Can California tax Internet purchases?

    03/20/2011 9:18:07 AM PDT · by SmithL · 28 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 3/20/11 | Dan Walters
    California's severe budget squeeze and a stagnant economy have rekindled a political war over how Internet purchases should be taxed – if, indeed, they could be taxed. California already has one of the nation's highest sales tax rates, approaching 10 percent in some communities. But it's applied only to transactions inside the state or to mail order and Internet sales when the seller has a "physical presence" in the state. The latter condition – decreed by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1992 – is the rub. Technically, Californians who buy from distant sellers are supposed to pay an equivalent "use...
  • drops Illinois affiliates in the wake of internet tax

    03/14/2011 6:57:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/14/2011 | Meredyth Richards
    Last Thursday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law the "Mainstreet Fairness Bill" and immediately imposed new taxes on all online retailers with business partners in the state. For the Democrats in charge, passing the largest tax hike in the Prairie State's history this past January, adding the equivalent of $1,600 per year to the average personal income tax bill, was apparently not enough of an assault on those of us who still - albeit foolishly - live in financially and politically bankrupt Illinois.  Rather than place the burden for cleaning up the state's budgetary mess only on physical...
  • Illinois Governor Signs Amazon Internet Sales Tax Law

    03/10/2011 4:38:42 PM PST · by STARWISE · 22 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3-10-11 | Janet Novack
    After two-months of fence-sitting, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn today signed controversial legislation requiring Internet retailers like and to collect Illinois’ 6.25% sales tax if they have affiliate sellers in the state. House Bill 3659, the Mainstreet Fairness Bill, was passed by the state’s lame duck legislature in early January. Since then, the bill has been the subject of fierce lobbying by traditional bricks and mortar retailers, who supported it, and Illinois-based Internet-only businesses, who warned that if Quinn didn’t veto it some of them would flee the state. Had Quinn done nothing, the bill would have become law...

    Obama Eyes Internet ID for All Americans Monday, 10 Jan 2011 10:40 AM Article Font Size By Rick Pedraza Government monitoring of what Americans are doing in cyberspace has moved a bit closer to reality, as President Barack Obama announces plans to hand over authority to create an Internet ID for all Americans to the U.S. Commerce Department, a White House official tells CBS News. The plan, touted as the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, is raising eyebrows about privacy issues over concerns that creating a centralized database is an infringement on Americans’ rights. It is expected to...
  • Democrats push for new Internet sales taxes

    07/02/2010 10:06:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 90 replies ^ | July 2, 2010 | Declan McCullagh
    The halcyon days of tax-free Internet shopping will, if Rep. Bill Delahunt gets his way, soon be coming to an abrupt end. Delahunt, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a bill on Thursday that would rewrite the ground rules for Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the option for many Americans to shop over the Internet without paying state sales taxes. At the moment, Americans who shop over the Internet from out-of-state vendors usually aren't required to pay sales taxes. Californians buying books from or cameras from Manhattan's B&H Photo, for example, won't be required to cough up the sales...
  • Tax music, movie downloads, (Illinois) Gov. Quinn says

    04/21/2010 1:47:48 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 19 replies · 421+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 21, 2010 | DAVE McKINNEY AND STEVE CONTORNO
    Even a trip to iTunes for a new song or movie might soon be within the grasp of Illinois’ tax collectors. Imposing the state’s sales tax on downloaded songs and movies surfaced as a new money-making idea Tuesday from Gov. Quinn’s administration to help bail out the state, which has a $13 billion deficit. Quinn also proposed selling off a portion of tobacco settlement proceeds to raise $1 billion; requiring banks to divulge the accounts of tax scofflaws to arm the state with a potent new tool to collect unpaid taxes, and extending for four months deeper into the next...
  • Surprise: Obama’s FCC Quietly Proposes Nationwide Internet Tax, Says it Will “Reduce Uncertainty”

    03/28/2010 12:40:37 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 62 replies · 2,766+ views
    Center For Individual Freedom ^ | 18 March 2010 | Timothy H. Lee
    The Obama Era has become a protracted, nightmarish Whack-A-Mole game of tax increases and bureaucratic self-enlargement. In sector after sector of American life, another scheme to expand government and wrench more earnings from Americans’ pockets pops up. Its next targeted sector? The Internet. Digital Goods and Services Taxation RECOMMENDATION 4.20: The federal government should investigate establishing a national framework for digital goods and services taxation. The National Broadband Plan is focused on increasing beneficial use of the Internet, including e-commerce and new innovative business models. The current patchwork of state and local laws and regulations relating to taxation of digital...
  • IRS to Track Online Sellers' Payment Transactions Beginning Next Year

    03/09/2010 2:21:03 AM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 59 replies · 473+ views ^ | 03/07/2010 |
    Internet sellers who don't report their sales will no longer be under the radar. Starting next year, any bank or other payment settlement company that processes credit cards, debit cards, and electronic payments such as PayPal will have to issue information returns telling the IRS what merchants receive. The new returns are Form 1099-K, Merchant Card and Third-Party Payments. Purpose of Reporting The IRS believes that many online sellers fail to report their transactions. Some don't report because they mistakenly believe that Internet sales are invisible. Others do so because they are trying to evade taxes. The IRS has found...
  • Internet Tax a Bad Idea

    03/12/2010 11:31:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 47 replies · 821+ views ^ | March 12, 2010 | David Harsanyi
    Tyranny is afoot. And this evil arrives in the guise of secondhand books and cheap Chinese trinkets. So beware. Actually, if anyone ever needed an obvious illustration of how government overreach can damage an economy, he need look no further than the Colorado Legislature's foolish attempt to wheedle a few extra bucks out of consumers via an Internet sales tax. After legislation forcing online companies to collect sales tax passed, moved to protect its consumers and long-term interests by severing its ties with Colorado. Unfortunately, this meant closing its associates program, which involved an estimated 5,000 jobs. Amazon's actions...
  • debate heats up at Colorado Capitol

    03/10/2010 3:26:01 AM PST · by BulletBobCo · 38 replies · 926+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 03/10/2010 | Tim Hoover
    The political battle over taxing online sales made through retailers such as intensified Tuesday, with Democrats saying the state should not back down from trying to collect money it's owed and Republicans arguing the new law should be repealed. The hardened stances came a day after Amazon said it would end its relationships with thousands of online affiliates in Colorado who send business its way through blogs and niche websites and then earn commissions on each sale. Republicans immediately blamed the Democratic-controlled legislature for passing a bill that attempts to collect the state's 2.9 percent sales tax on online...
  • Hickenlooper missed his chance on Amazon tax

    03/09/2010 11:58:42 AM PST · by george76 · 27 replies · 211+ views
    Denver Post ^ | March 8, 2010,
    Amazon’s move to drop its Colorado associates so soon after Gov. Ritter signed a new law creating a so-called “Amazon tax” is regrettable – but not shocking. There were plenty of signals that repealing a tax exemption for online retailers would face legal challenges and possibly just such a move as Amazon launched today. The Post editorial board was among critics who warned the new law looked awfully problematic for such little gain . John Hickenlooper missed a golden opportunity in not weighing in on this tax. Score one for McInnis. Suddenly he looks like the prescient one while Denver’s...
  • Amazon Cuts Off Colo. Affiliates Because of Tax (Internet Sales Tax)

    03/09/2010 2:13:05 AM PST · by Dallas59 · 14 replies · 219+ views ^ | 3/9/2010 | Yahoo News
    DENVER – Inc. cut ties Monday with Colorado online businesses that help it sell products because of a new state law aimed at getting out-of-state, online retailers to collect sales tax. The move hurts businesses — many of them small, home-based operations — that earn money by using their Web sites and blogs to link customers to online retailers. Colorado has at least 4,200 such businesses, known as affiliates or associates, accounting for about 5,000 jobs, and most of them rely on Amazon to some degree, according to their trade group, the Performance Marketing Association. The group's executive director,...
  • Carly Fiorina's Hypocrisy on Internet Taxation

    02/10/2010 9:16:14 PM PST · by CounterCounterCulture · 7 replies · 366+ views
    KGO-7 via YouTube ^ | 10 February 2010
    Carly Fiorina has a problem. She accuses one of her opponents of supporting taxes on the Internet when she has a long-held record of supporting the same. ABC News 7 investigates her history supporting Internet taxation going all the way back to the year 2000. They missed her saying she supported Internet taxes in late 2009 at the Web 2.0 Conference. YouTube video link
  • Buying on Web to avoid sales taxes could end soon

    01/13/2009 8:21:46 AM PST · by DFG · 95 replies · 1,811+ views
    AP via ^ | 01/12/09 | RACHEL METZ
    Shopping online can be a way to find bargains while steering clear of crowds—and sales taxes. But those tax breaks are starting to erode. With the recession pummeling states' budgets, their governments increasingly want to fill the gaps by collecting taxes on Internet sales, which are growing even as the economy shudders. And that is sparking conflict with companies that do business online only and have enjoyed being able to offer sales-tax free shopping.
  • States may tax iTunes, other digital downloads

    08/12/2008 12:00:27 PM PDT · by weegee · 11 replies · 213+ views
    cnet News ^ | August 12, 2008 4:00 AM PDT | Posted by Stephanie Condon
    If you enjoy buying music from iTunes, movies from's Unbox, or computer software from anywhere, be warned: the halcyon days of tax-free digital purchases may be over. With retail e-commerce sales now estimated to exceed $130 billion a year, and iTunes song purchases topping 5 billion, state politicians and tax collectors have begun to levy new fees on digital downloads. Call it the iTax. In 2008 alone, at least nine states have considered digital download taxes, and at least five of those states have enacted them into law. Nebraska's governor signed a digital download tax bill into law in...