Vote shows strong support in Senate to allow states to collect taxes from Internet sales

  • Article by: STEPHEN OHLEMACHER , Associated Press
  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 9:24 AM
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mjcmspApr. 23, 13 9:28 AM

As much as I enjoy the 'tax free' shopping online, this really is the right thing to do to ensure the marketplace is fair for all businesses. It's not like online shopping is tax free anyways, the system is just setup to make it easy to circumvent the taxes without penalty.

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EleanoreApr. 23, 13 9:36 AM

Very bad. This proposal is poorly considered and will strip taxes from those who should ethically be collecting them in order to give them to state which have no legtimacy in collecting them. Bad deal for everyone.

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avejoeconApr. 23, 13 9:46 AM

Very bad. This proposal is poorly considered and will strip taxes from those who should ethically be collecting them in order to give them to state which have no legtimacy in collecting them. Bad deal for everyone.-----------Except for the fact that, In MN, you are required to pay that state tax and very, very few do. So, the gov't is forced to act to ensure that you pay them. The left constantly whine that the rich aren't paying their fair share and this is just an attempt to make EVERYONE pay their fair share!

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ffedericoApr. 23, 13 9:50 AM

If it's all about fairness then why not make it revenue-neutral somehow? As it stands it's about raising taxes.

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flatstanleyApr. 23, 1310:02 AM

Wow, snow on the ground in April and I am agreement with Avejoecon on something. Will wonders never cease...

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mjcmspApr. 23, 1310:04 AM

"As it stands it's about raising taxes." ---- How so?

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EleanoreApr. 23, 1310:07 AM

"Except for the fact that, In MN, you are required to pay that state tax and very, very few do. So, the gov't is forced to act to ensure that you pay them. The left constantly whine that the rich aren't paying their fair share and this is just an attempt to make EVERYONE pay their fair share!" - Nonsense. Minnesota has no authority to tax anyones property transactions outside the borders of the state. their ingress is the commerical license, that gives them the authority to tax the activity. Private property transactions, in and of themselves, do not offer an opening for the state to tax anything. Note I said in and of themselbves, car transfers for example do offer that opportunity for other reasons, as do boats. If I sell my neighbor a shovel, the state has no taxing athority in the transaction.

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EleanoreApr. 23, 1310:09 AM

Again for you avejoe, This is a dangerously bad proposal. Not because it raises taxes or requires taxes to be collected, but because it strips them from their rightful taxing authorities. Under the current system if you have a brick and mortar presence you can charge local tax. That’s right and just. But if you don't you can't. the correct "fix" would be mandating that the state where the company’s corporate headquarters is located collect their tax for their state, not on behalf of a 2nd state where they have no relationship.

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theagonybhoApr. 23, 1310:14 AM

Just so were all clear here this has nothing to do with fairness, thats the beard, its about government trying collect every last dime to feed thier insatiable thirst to spend.

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cutitbigtimeApr. 23, 1310:17 AM

How about taxing marijuana?

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