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Congress Is Looking at Taxing Internet Purchases

According to a CNET News article, “the days of ordering items over the Internet and not paying sales tax may become just a fond memory.”

Two bills are pending in Congress that would allow tax collectors to target out-of-state Internet and mail-order retailers, and their supporters are optimistic about their political prospects.

“I certainly would love to see a floor vote,” said Neal Osten, federal affairs counsel for the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a lobby group for state politicians. “We’ve heard encouraging words from the Democratic leadership in the House.”

Meanwhile, pro-tax states are trying their own ways to circumvent a long-standing rule saying a retailer must have physical presence before it can be forced to collect taxes. One effort came from New York state, where legislators recently approved a measure requiring Amazon and other online retailers (that lack a physical presence in the state) to collect sales tax on New Yorkers’ purchases.

One Response to “Congress Is Looking at Taxing Internet Purchases”

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    Viola Johnson Says:

    Why suspend the gas tax for a summer. The goverment wants to control everything that relates to the gereral public, well why don’t they regulate the cost of gas. Excuse me that would be stepping on the toes of their buddies,big money.

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