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The Internet Sales Tax Is Not Just about Taxes

As Black Friday gave way to Cyber Monday, the familiar complaints from physical retailers about the perils of online competition once more began to surface. At issue is the way internet sales, or more specifically remote sales, are taxed, with many retailers calling for new legislation to empower states to collect more taxes from online sellers.

12/03/2015
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The Internet Should Remain Free of Taxation

On September 30th, Congress approved a measure that would fund the government for the next 10 weeks, until December 11th, while a budget is negotiated for the new fiscal year. The measure contains a reauthorization of the internet taxation ban, which is good news; that is, until the issue is brought up again in December and the government will face another funding battle.

10/09/2015
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The Coming Budget Nightmare

Fiscal conservatives have been rightly celebrating the resignation of John Boehner as Speaker of the House, paving the way for new, more principled leadership. But there is a dark side to Boehner’s decision: along with his House seat, he’s also forfeited any accountability that might have reined him in for the remainder of his term. Even now, John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Barack Obama are conspiring to craft a two-year budget deal that would combine a whole slew of big government priorities into one fiendish package.

10/01/2015
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Keep the Internet Tax Free!

Since the early days of the internet, all levels of government have operated under a self-imposed ban on the taxation of internet access. The Internet Tax Freedom Act was first signed into law in 1998, and since then has been repeatedly reauthorized to ensure that Americans have unhampered access to the most powerful tool for information and innovation since the Gutenberg printing press.

09/09/2015
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The Online Sales Tax Rears Its Ugly Head… Again

Americans have been shopping online for 20 years now. What started as a curiosity has become routine and essential for millions of people, and the days when you had to physically track down a copy of a rare book or record have become an increasingly distant memory. The sheer convenience of online shopping is breathtaking, but that very convenience has made sites like Amazon.com as many enemies as they have friends. The retail lobby, infuriated by the discovery of a better business model, have spent years seeking a government solution to their declining sales.

07/10/2015
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The Internet Sales Tax Bill is Back in the Senate

If you love to pay taxes then you’ll be happy to hear that a bipartisan group of Senators has introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015, a resurrected bill that would allow states to force businesses outside their borders to collect internet sales taxes for them.

03/16/2015
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Mary Landrieu to Louisiana voters: I'm going to tax your online purchases

Pelican State voters who took advantage of Cyber Monday deals at their favorite online retailers may have enjoyed their last tax-free Christmas shopping experience, so says Sen. Mary Landrieu.

12/02/2014
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Keep Your Internet Purchases Sales Tax Free

Today marks the biggest online shopping day of the year! Dubbed Cyber Monday, millions of people are expected to take advantage of huge sales and mostly sales tax-free online shopping. Unfortunately, though, this could be our last tax-free Christmas shopping season if some politicians get their way.

12/01/2014
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Here's how Harry Reid and his crony pals in the Senate could cause a $15 billion tax hike

Inaction in the Senate on the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (H.R. 3086) could cost Americans nearly $15 billion each year, according to a new study from the American Action Forum.

10/15/2014
"Is Amazon Cheating on the Internet Sales Tax?"
"There's nothing wrong with keeping Amazon tax-free, but the online retailer wants to use taxes to stifle competition."
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Amazon Is Not "Cheating" on the Internet Sales Tax

The National Bureau of Economic Research recently published the shocking finding that raising taxes on a service causes people to use less of that service. Despite this having been common knowledge to economists and non-economists alike for literally hundreds of years, much is being made of the study, which focuses on how the internet sales tax affects consumers’ use of Amazon.com.

05/01/2014

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