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.