Read My Lips: No Internet Taxes

from the bad-ideas dept

Yet another argument against the idea of taxing e-commerce online (which, by the way, includes an example of how confusing the tax codes are by discussing edible underwear). His point is basically that it would hurt the e-commerce world. The other side argues that with the hurting economy, the states need the extra cash. The writer’s response is that everyone is hurting in the present economy, and have to learn to live within their means. Why should the state governments be any different? Of course, I think both of these arguments completely miss the point. What’s the real rationale for having a sales tax? In general, it’s to support the infrastructure needed to have commerce. However, the state governments weren’t the ones who paid for the internet – so it’s a little harder to justify why they deserve sales tax for those purchases other than that they just want more cash.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Read My Lips: No Internet Taxes”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
Timmmay! says:

State budgets...

The states need cash because they were idiots about how they spent. Even as the economy was going in the crapper the past two years, they’ve just spent and spent and spent and now it’s finally caught up with them. So the two choices are to radically cut state expenditures (for things like Oracle licenses or lousy energy contracts) or raise taxes. What do you think will happen…

2lazy2register says:

No Subject Given

We should realize that our elected representatives just want to buy themselves more prestiege with our money. They do this by “taxing” any and everthing that they can so that they can get reelected by saying that they did not raise “(income) taxes)”. Our elected representatives are always looking for “new sources of revenue” (read new things to tax).
As an example: If most (if not all states) fine an automobile driver for exceeding the speed limit, then why is this fine doubled in a construction zone? I have heard of at least one of our representatives proposing to double traffice fines for offences that occurr in a school zone! Our elected representatives do not get the message: We have to live within our income–our government should set the example and do the same. I would like to go to my boss and tell him that since I have increased my expenditures, that he must increase my income to make up for the deficit. See how far I get with that one!

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...