Internet Sales Tax? It's About Time
So says Daniel Gross at Daily Beast, though eBay begs to differ
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
An Amazon.com package is prepared for shipment by a UPS driver in Palo Alto, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – A bill to impose a sales tax on Internet shoppers is moving through Congress, and Daniel Gross at the Daily Beast says it's long overdue. Online retail has become such a huge part of how Americans shop that it no longer deserves any special treatment, he argues. Plus, state and local governments desperately need the money. Gross dismisses the notion that e-commerce is different because it doesn't impose the same costs on localities (sewers, electricity, fire protection, etc.) as brick-and-mortar stores.

Just think of how all those packages get around: through the Postal Service or through companies such as UPS and FedEx making use of public roads and airports. While Gross and other advocates—even Amazon has come around—say the tax can't come soon enough, eBay is digging in its heels. In a USA Today op-ed, exec Tod Cohen says it could put lots of small businesses in the red. How, for example, can a two-person operation possibly keep up with the sales taxes of individual states? His solution: The legislation should have an exemption for businesses with less than $10 million in online sales or fewer than 50 employees. Click for his full column. Or for Gross's full column.

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Wrongdirection
Apr 26, 2013 2:56 PM CDT
Maybe a new way for them to pay for the wars, they said, didn't cost us a dime... Congress a new mob organization to hate! For sure they don't work for us.. "So," What happened to that?!?! What happened to representation of the people??? (instead of Big Business)???
Wrongdirection
Apr 26, 2013 2:37 PM CDT
What I don't understand is why Congress is working on new taxes when Prez Obama says "No More New Taxes" Like the Prez is going to "VETO" any Bills on new taxes that lands on his desk! I really think we have a Congress that is showing us they have outlived their usefulness! What happened to repayment to Social Security, Getting rid of Big Government, Stop sending TAXES out of our Country to "OTHER COUNTRIES" Stop buying/paying off countries to use them for our Military Bases! I could write for the next hour about our Government and the Changes that really need to be put in place. But that would be asking Congress to work on productive solutions, Or "WORK" in General! Such Petitful people, 'they are' our Lawmakers!
whocaresImeanreally
Apr 25, 2013 1:57 PM CDT
Daniel Gross at Daily Beast can sucked it.