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  •  If you don't like sales taxes... (1+ / 0-)
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    Odysseus

    ...then campaign against sales taxes. Having sales taxes, but then looking the other way when some people don't pay them is bad.

    And yes, it is "looking the other way". If your state collects "use tax" and Amazon didn't add it to your bill, you are required to send it to the state yourself. Of course, in practice this is impossible to enforce so it never gets collected.

    The point of this legislation is also to clear up the bookkeeping issues for dealing with a million small jurisdictions. If a state wants to participate, they have to have a single point of contact for that state.

    But my main point is that if you don't like a law, then campaign against that law. Don't just make it arbitrarily enforced. So if you don't like sales taxes, campaign against them. Don't just exclude some people from paying them.

    •  Taxation Without Representation (0+ / 0-)

      You can "campgaign" until you're blue in the face against taxes levied on you by politicians in the other 49 states for all the good it will do you.

      That's another way this proposal is toxic -- by breaking the link between taxation and representation (along with the link between taxation and government services), it makes it easier for the tea-party faction to sell the idea that government is just a useless greedy parasite that considers itself your master rather than your servant -- because, in the case of out-of-state exaction of sales taxes, the description is true.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 06:50:56 AM PDT

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