Strapped States Re-Examine Online Sales Taxes
from the yet-again dept
Once again, state governments that are desperate for money are greedily eyeing the internet to see how they can tax it. The article mostly focuses on California, and their need for cash. Isn’t it amusing that instead of trying to clean up the state’s messy bureaucracy, they instead are just looking to suck more money out of anything they can tax? The article also points out that California rejected this plan a few years ago because they were afraid that it would “send the wrong message” to the emerging internet industry. So, now that the internet industry has been destroyed, and people are trying to save up money while they hunt for jobs, it’s the right time to impose another tax? The article does mention that some states are working on a “standardized” state sales tax plan to make it easier for internet retailers to calculate local taxes. I would imagine that, as the states become more desperate for money, they’re much more likely to join in on such a plan.