Friday, May 10, 2013

Internet Sales Tax?

Y'know what? I actually think I should be paying sales taxes on anything youall may be kind enough to buy online from me. Not paying sales taxes for Internet sales is kind of unfair to people who go to the trouble of opening a store and then have to pay taxes there too.

Still, one thing about the proposed Internet sales tax really perturbs me. I've been told that instead of paying the Virginia sales tax, which would be fair, I'd be expected to pay whatever the sales tax is for whatever jurisdiction any buyer may be in at the time. That's unfair to Virginia business owners, who have historically collected Virginia sales taxes (which have tended to be lower) without asking whether purchasers were from Maryland, Tennessee, Canada or maybe some struggling socialist country that's imposed a 75% sales tax. It would also be unjustifiably hard on me--I'm dysnumeric; it's enough of a challenge for me to add up sales at all.

Make the Internet sales tax realistic, let people who sell things online collect the regular sales tax for the place in which we do our selling, and you'll get no complaints from me.

But you will get them from some people...please bear in mind that I don't know what-all has been tacked into the proposed Internet sales tax at this point, because my online time is limited; it may be death on Internet businesses; it could include same-sex marriage, an oceanfront property boondoggle in Oklahoma, and a mandate to make some obscure Algonquin dialect our national language, for all I know. So here's my acknowledgment of the most impressive-looking of many many e-mails this web site has received, warning that requiring Internet businesses to collect sales tax will kill Internet businesses and who knows how many other terrible things...

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Campaign for Liberty

Dear Priscilla,

For months now, statists like Harry Reid - along with crony capitalists trying to use government power to crush their competition - have been leading the charge for taxing online purchases.

And on Monday, tax-and-spend Senators from BOTH political parties RAMMED through the National Internet Tax Mandate.

But you and I have a real shot at defeating this dangerous bill in the U.S. House.

So please take a moment and read John Tate's email below about Campaign for Liberty's Battle Plan to Defeat the Internet Sales Tax in the U.S. House.

Don't let Congress get away with taking a MASSIVE bite out of American prosperity.

Read John's email below and take action IMMEDIATELY!

In Liberty,

Ron Paul

P.S. If you've already taken action, thank you.

But if you could go one step further and chip in $10 or $20 to help fund Campaign for Liberty's Battle Plan to Defeat the Internet Sales Tax in the House, I'd greatly appreciate it.



Campaign for Liberty

Dear Ron,

Even though the National Internet Tax Mandate cleared the Senate yesterday by a vote of 69 to 27, this fight is far from over.

In many ways, it's just begun.

You see, thanks to a massive outpouring of opposition from concerned Americans like you, the National Internet Tax Mandate didn't clear the Senate by as wide of a margin as the tax-and-spenders originally expected.

That means you and I have a real shot at defeating this dangerous scheme in the U.S. House.

So it's absolutely critical you sign the petition I've made up for you DEMANDING House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, House Speaker John Boehner, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor kill the National Internet Tax Mandate in the U.S. House.

I'll give you the link shortly, but first let me explain exactly why you and I can defeat this scheme in the U.S. House. . .

As you recall, in a desperate attempt to RAM the Internet Tax Mandate through the Senate, Harry Reid circumvented the normal Committee process.

Despite Harry Reid's tactics, the bill was stalled for a few weeks before finally passing the Senate and heading over to the House yesterday.

So far, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte has promised to follow the normal Committee process - even hinting at his opposition to the National Internet Tax Mandate.

But Bob Goodlatte is under tremendous pressure from high-powered DC lobbyists, establishment insiders - and governors such as Virginia Republican "Tax Hike Bob" McDonnell - to RAM the National Internet Tax Mandate through Committee and on to the House floor, where it will surely be gaveled through to Barack Obama's desk.

Following the passage of the Internet Tax Mandate, Goodlatte indicated his committee would consider 'alternatives' that would do nothing more than pave a path toward Internet sales taxes.

That's why you and I must create a grassroots firestorm of opposition to passage of the National Internet Tax Mandate in the House.

Unlike the Senate, EVERY member of the House must face the voters each election.

So you and I must send a loud-and-clear message to Chairman Goodlatte - and the House Republican Leadership - to defeat the National Internet Tax Mandate or find a new job.

So please sign the petition to Bob Goodlatte, Eric Cantor, and John Boehner IMMEDIATELY.

NO Internet Tax
Mandate

As you know, under the new National Internet Tax Mandate:

*** All Americans would see their taxes go up, as big-spending governors of BOTH parties work with the federal government's IRS goons to implement a state sales tax on ALL goods purchased online.

Big-spending governors are running their states into bankruptcy, and - instead of reducing spending - they want the IRS to force YOU to bail them out with new Internet taxes!

*** Tax collectors in one state would now be free to pursue retailers across state lines.

For example, if a customer in New York makes a purchase from an online retailer in Texas, that retailer MUST collect New York's exorbitant sales tax and send it to New York's tax collection agencies;

*** New and higher taxes would CRUSH economic growth and set the stage for massive new regulations that threaten the very existence of the Internet.

That's why it's vital you sign the petition to Bob Goodlatte, Eric Cantor, and John Boehner IMMEDIATELY.

Make no mistake.

This is all bad enough on its face.

But it's hardly the end of it.

You and I both know, under the guise of "national security," establishment bureaucrats are already feverishly looking for new ways to trace, track, and register all Americans' online activity.

What you read. What you buy. What videos you watch. What you write about THEM.

That's why it's so critical you sign your No National Internet Tax Petition and make your most generous contribution of $100, $50, or $35 to Campaign for Liberty IMMEDIATELY.

NO Internet
Tax Mandate

Even if you can only chip in $20 or $10, it will make a tremendous difference.

Just like the Wall Street bailouts and the recent "deal" over tax hikes, this new National Internet Tax Mandate is "bipartisan" to its core.

In fact, former Vice Presidential Nominee and current Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Paul Ryan, recently called for a so-called "Republican alternative compromise" on the National Internet Tax Mandate.

And the statists in BOTH parties are determined to RAM some type of Internet sales tax into law quickly before you and I have a chance to react.

Governors from all over the country who literally CANNOT wait to raise taxes are busy bending the ears of Congress.

And with big spenders in BOTH parties lining up in support of this radical scheme, I'm afraid this legislation could become the law of the land unless you act today.

Will you stand by while the big taxers impose yet another tax on hardworking Americans?

Will you allow establishment insiders to destroy entrepreneurship and innovation online?

Or will you help me FIGHT BACK and stop the establishment from trampling on taxpayers and small businesses yet again?

Please take a moment to sign your petition DEMANDING Bob Goodlatte, Eric Cantor, and John Boehner KILL the National Internet Tax Mandate in the U.S. House.

And if you can, please make your most generous contribution to Campaign for Liberty TODAY.

Your generosity will help me alert hundreds of thousands of Americans to this critical fight and stop the National Internet Tax Mandate in the U.S. House.

Campaign for Liberty will use mail, email, and hard-hitting Internet ads - and even newspaper, radio, and TV ads, if necessary.

And with the fight going on right now, this won't be cheap.

But it will be what it takes to win.

During the Senate fight over the National Internet Tax Mandate, Campaign for Liberty generated hundreds of thousands of petitions and thousands of phone calls in opposition to taxing the Internet.

When the fight began, the statists thought they could ram their bill through the Senate with as many as 90 votes.

Many Capitol Hill insiders have told me and my staff that the efforts of Campaign for Liberty were the key to changing the minds of many senators and stopping Harry Reid from passing the bill in April.

If you and I can generate this type of massive pressure on the U.S. House, I'm confident we can DEFEAT the statists' attempt to tax the Internet.

So in addition to signing your petition, won't you please agree to your most generous contribution of $100, $50, or $35 IMMEDIATELY?

Even if all you can do is chip in $10 or $20 to this fight, please do so right away.

There's literally no time to waste.

In Liberty,

John Tate
President

P.S. Now that the National Internet Tax Mandate has cleared the U.S. Senate, you and I must create a firestorm of opposition to defeat this dangerous scheme in the U.S. House.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has publicly hinted at his opposition to the National Internet Tax Mandate.

That means if enough Americans make their voices heard on this critical issue, you and I can stop the National Internet Tax Mandate in the U.S. House.

That's why it's critical you sign the petition DEMANDING Bob Goodlatte, Eric Cantor, and John Boehner KILL the National Internet Tax Mandate in the U.S. House.

After you sign the petition, I hope you'll agree to make your most generous contribution of $100, $50, or $35 to Campaign for Liberty IMMEDIATELY.

NO Internet
Tax Mandate"