ScottM - 7:48 pm on May 8, 2013 (gmt 0)
@Life inAsia: The government is shifting the burden of tax collection onto out-of-state merchants.
Yes. This will be a burden and there won't be any compensation.
@Awarn: If the states need money so bad...
See, that is the thing. It isn't as though the money they will receive is going to waste right now, it is (most likely) being spent on everyday things in the local economy.
That $100.00 tent you bought (online) will now be $107.00. That extra 7 dollars will go to the state rather than you using it to buy charcoal at the local Walmart. I just don't understand why some would think the state would have a better use for that $7 than you would?
Of course I understand that the law states that a person is supposed to report (and pay) that tax, but I am against those laws and would vote against them if they ever came up for a vote.
What I am against, here, is adding more laws and putting a burden (no matter how small) upon another for failing to enforce the existing law.
Here is my analogy of this proposed law:
My next-door neighbor has a young daughter who sneaks out at night to go to parties, and then sneaks back in before anyone wakes up. Her dad hates it, and mommy isn't too thrilled about it either. She sneaks out by opening her window and going out through their backyard and across into MY backyard and out through my open gate.
Now, rather than daddy and mommy finding a way to deal with their own daughter, they go to the city council and get them to pass a law that says that I must keep my gate locked at all times (under penalty of a large fine). This requires me to buy a lock, and causes me to have to lock/unlock my gate every time I need to go out/come in.
Daughter is now mad at ME for locking the gate.
Another thing: If the amount of uncollected $$$ is so large, then why can't the state enforce it's own law? Wouldn't local enforcement pay for itself?
Instead, it appears this whole bill is being fueled by imaginary lost sales by the local TV dealer. And the local wedding dress retailer.
It is the small B&M retailer who is screaming for a 'level playing field', so it isn't about taxes at all, it is about the B&M not being able to compete.
If this bill passes, I wonder how long before the same B&M retailers demand new federal laws to further level the playing field?
Will they demand Internet retailers charge a higher price for their goods?