Tax increase scheme
The Florida Chamber of Commerce thinks it would be just great to tax all online small businesses as if they used the same fire and police protection, roads and sewers that brick and mortar business require.
In California, a similar taxing scheme on online sales caused Amazon there to put 20,000 small online businesses out of business.
By extension the Chamber wants online retailers to track all 50 state sales tax laws. Add to that over 3,000 counties which add sales tax, plus as many as 30,000 cities, towns and villages which also might add sales taxes to each purchase.
And, does anyone pay online sales tax on items bought from sites outside the U.S.? Nope. Those countries (which are already paying their workers less) can save the expense.
Now, there’s a job-killer!
This whole online business tax issue is much better handled through taxes on local business profits rather than on where the products were shipped.
<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen
- Last week at my other tax blog: Congress downgraded; Amazon taxes; Tax holidays (dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com)
- Sales tax holiday debated (charlotte.news14.com)
- Sales tax increase in Snohomish would pay for street repairs (heraldnet.com)
- Haslam wants Amazon to collect sales taxes (knoxnews.com)
- Durbin to float online sales tax bill (politico.com)
- Sales tax holidays underway, upcoming in Florida, Massachusetts and Maryland (dontmesswithtaxes.typepad.com)
- What Are State Sales Taxes? (turbotax.intuit.com)
- More Sales Tax Holidays This Weekend (suddenlyfrugal.com)
- Online Sales, Nexus, and Sales Tax (mycpajay.wordpress.com)
- Portugal ups sales tax, freezes wages (theglobeandmail.com)