A National Internet Sales or “Amazon Tax” Bill?
As you recall, I covered the internet sales tax issue in California during the 2011 legislative session. Here is a link to a whole bunch of posts on the internet sales tax issue.
Now, Amazon.com has taken the fight to Washington – as I wrote about earlier this year.
Now, the United States Senate is considering S. 1832, the Marketplace Fairness Act. The bill’s details are here.
Tim Carney over at the Washington Examiner has the flap and how Amazon.com is teaming up with Walmart to support a national internet sales tax.
Congressmen in both parties want you to pay more taxes on your online purchases, and once again, big business is lobbying for bigger government, which would hurt Mom and Pop.
Online sales taxes have been a battlefield for lobbying titans for years, pitting Walmart and the rest of the brick-and-mortar retail lobby against Amazon and other online retailers. But now Amazon has changed its business model and also its lobbying position, joining the rest of the retail giants in calling on Congress to aid states in collecting sales tax from online sales.
So, the argument of “tax fairness” is being used by the Democrats to raise more tax revenue and by Big Business to stifle competition. The story sounds familiar, now doesn’t it?
Watch Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina outline the issues in the video below:
It looks to me that Big Business and Big Government will win this fight. And, the American taxpayer will again get to pay more in taxes.