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Re: States and Feds Draw E-Tax Battle Lines
Posted by: Paul A. Greenberg 2001-08-10 19:19:00
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You may never have heard of one Jim Geringer, but as
governor of the great state of Wyoming, he is making
some serious noise about taxing Internet purchases.

Joining a chorus of government voices from coast to
coast, Geringer is prone to sweeping pronouncements
about the potential of e-commerce to bankrupt state
coffers and the injustice of imposing different tax
standards for online businesses vs. brick-and-mortar

Re: States and Feds Draw E-Tax Battle Lines
Posted by: David Dux 2001-08-15 09:16:09 In reply to: Paul A. Greenberg
You point out in your story the "digital divide", which to me is a reason for taxing
Internet purchases. The sales tax is already regressive, hitting poorer persons
for a higher percentage of their income. Why should someone higher on the
economic ladder be able to buy a DVD player online and save 5%, 8%, or more
because no sales tax was charged?

Re: States and Feds Draw E-Tax Battle Lines
Posted by: Dave Dillman 2001-08-11 09:17:43 In reply to: Paul A. Greenberg
With inherent costs to the community for road, security, lighting, traffic control, parking enforcement, tax collection, licensing, and regulatory oversight, ... I suggest the governors consider hiking taxes on brick and mortar businesses and leaving internet businesses alone. None of these costs are incurred in the brick and click vendor community, except perhaps the utility-related costs for phone and cable acces.
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