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Senate Republicans Push for Internet Sales Taxes
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Senate Republicans Push for Internet Sales Taxes

Despite their lip service to cutting taxes, a handful of Republican senators are pushing for a sales tax on Internet purchases. Senator Mike Enzi of Wyoming has introduced the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act that would create a new national online tax that would take away more of our money and freedom. The Republican cosponsors of S. 1832 are Sens. Lamar Alexander, Roy Blunt, John Boozman, and Bob Corker. These Internet sales tax schemes are nothing new but greedy politicians seem more determined than ever to pass it this year.

08/17/2012
In the Shadow of the Senate: A New Tax Emerges
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In the Shadow of the Senate: A New Tax Emerges

In the midst of chaotic negotiations between the Senate and the House over the debt ceiling, Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) had another priority: introducing the Main Street Fairness Act, a new quasi-federalized Internet sales tax.

08/01/2011
Battle Over the Internet Sales Tax Intensifies
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Battle Over the Internet Sales Tax Intensifies

In recent weeks, several states have debated imposing an Internet sales tax on businesses operated within the state. California has already pushed through a new Internet sales tax, with Governor Jerry Brown signing the legislation and hailing it as a ‘tax revenue’ increaser. As with all government actions, there have been some unintended consequences with the new California law; Amazon and O.co have shut down their affiliates based in California, taking thousands of jobs with them.

07/12/2011
Texas Lawmakers Defy Governor Perry's Veto of Internet Sales Tax
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Texas Lawmakers Defy Governor Perry's Veto of Internet Sales Tax

Texas lawmakers are including an Internet sales tax provision in SB1, a revenue generating bill; defying Governor Rick Perry’s veto on the Internet sales tax bill last month. Governor Perry has stated that he strongly disagrees with the provision and wants it removed. “I urge lawmakers to remove the Internet sales tax language from SB1.

06/10/2011
The Fight Has Just Begun: The Internet Sales Tax
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The Fight Has Just Begun: The Internet Sales Tax

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Perry issued his first veto of the year, vetoing HB 2403, an Internet sales tax bill which FreedomWorks opposed. By vetoing HB 2403 Governor Perry has saved taxpayers and business alike from burdensome regulations and new taxes. In vetoing the legislation Perry cited that a key reason for his veto was that there was no consensus between lawmakers, tech experts, consumers and retailers.

06/02/2011
A New Internet Sales Tax in Tennessee?
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A New Internet Sales Tax in Tennessee?

Tennessee lawmakers are pushing SB 0529, which would force Internet retail giant Amazon to collect state sales taxes that would be passed along to consumers. Amazon has threatened not to build planned distribution centers in Tennessee if the measures are put in place; they have already left Illinois, South Carolina and are threatening to leave Texas for similar legislation.

05/17/2011
One Step Closer to an Internet Sales Tax in Texas
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One Step Closer to an Internet Sales Tax in Texas

Last week, the Texas Legislature passed HB 2403, a bill aimed at taxing your internet purchases.  Currently, purchases made over the Internet are tax-free if the company does not have a physical presence within the state.  The bill expands the definition of a “nexus” or physical presence to include warehouses and distribution centers where online retailers distribute goods.

05/16/2011
Stop the Internet Sales Tax
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Stop the Internet Sales Tax

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.

05/06/2011

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