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Senators Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) are expected to introduce a bipartisan bill aimed at increasing your taxes by taxing purchases you make on the internet. The bill’s name is deceitfully titled the Main Street Fairness Act of 2011 – it is neither main street nor fair. The bill seeks to hurt online retailers and consumers alike, and will suppress internet entrepreneurship and your wallet.
Currently, purchases made over the internet from out-of-state companies are tax-free, because the companies are not physically located within the state, which is a requirement for a state to levy taxes. The bill expands the government’s role into the internet and would create burdensome regulations on businesses. Collectively, the states are estimated to collect some $23 billion dollars from taxpayers. The internet has operated efficiently without taxation and government regulation since its inception; and that’s what makes the internet an unrivaled marketplace for ideas and goods.
Call your Senators today, and tell them to OPPOSE the Main Street Fairness Act of 2011.