jskrewson - 10:11 pm on May 7, 2013 (gmt 0)
Bringing another viewpoint on this... As an affiliate, I've been paralyzed by fear whenever I considered relocating to another state, due to aggressive affiliate nexus laws that are being pursued by most state governments. Long story short, state governments have been using the existence of affiliate relationships to prove nexus has been established. The end result is that my affiliate relationships are terminated and my income takes a dive.
This bill, if passed, will remove the threat of an affiliate nexus law destroying my business (or forcing me to move yet again).
Also, the Republican stance that this is a new tax is pretty silly. Everyone is supposed to pay their sales taxes via Use Tax. This is an enforcement law, not a new tax.
I agree that a flat, streamlined sales tax would be better, but you have to realize that "states rights" play such a big role in our government that getting a federal, streamlined tax initiative off the ground is next to impossible.
Lastly, on moral grounds, considering how hard state governments were hit by the great recession, you know we all really have a duty as business owners to collect and remit this tax. That's my opinion at least. Oh, and I'm not a Democrat.