Online Tax Rebellion

Thanks to the Tampa Tribune for pointing out the absurdity of 50 states (let alone 3,000 counties and 30,000 incorporated municipalities) each trying to collect sales taxes from online merchants. is the Big Dawg out there, and an easy target.

What about the countless other businesses and individuals selling online now but not collecting and remitting sales taxes?

The Florida Use Tax on residents isn’t working.

Maybe it is time to get serious about a national Value Added Tax (VAT).

However, the last time we tried something like that, George Washington wound up leading a federalized militia force of 12,950 men into western Pennsylvania in October 1794 to put down what became known as the Whiskey Rebellion when citizens refused to pay a similar tax.

Do we really want Obama marching on Tallahassee, and how would Hillsborough get its “Half-Penny for Raymond James Stadium”?

<IMHO> Fred Jacobsen


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