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Why Are The Democrats Threatening To Take Away Tax Free Internet Shopping?

SadaamLiedPeopleDied asked:


“The era of tax-free e-mail, Internet shopping and broadband connections could end this fall, if recent proposals in the U.S. Congress prove successful.

State and local governments resumed a push to lobby Congress for far-reaching changes on two different fronts: gaining the ability to impose sales taxes on Net shopping, and being able to levy new monthly taxes on DSL and other connections. One senator is even predicting taxes on e-mail.

At the moment, states and municipalities are frequently barred by federal law from collecting both access and sales taxes. But they’re hoping that their new lobbying effort, coordinated by groups including the National Governors Association, will pay off by permitting them to collect billions of dollars in new revenue by next year.”
“But with Democrats now in control of both chambers of Congress, the political dynamic appears to have shifted in favor of the pro-tax advocates and their allies on Capitol Hill. The NetChoice coalition, which counts as members eBay, Yahoo and the Electronic Retailing Association and opposes the sales tax plan, fears that the partisan shift will spell trouble.”

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6 Responses to “Why Are The Democrats Threatening To Take Away Tax Free Internet Shopping?”

  1. gunkinthedrain on June 11th, 2009 8:56 am

    maybe because the unfair advantage online business has over local business’s due to the discepancy in law…or let me guess, you’re one of those people who don’t like to see Americans have jobs? As your own post states, it’s not a democrats federal tax plan, it’s states and local authorities trying to close a loophole

  2. KL15 on June 13th, 2009 7:37 am

    Because Democrats dont like tax free anything.

  3. LittleBarb on June 17th, 2009 12:13 am

    Hate to tell you, but in New York State, we’ve had no tax free internet shopping since the REPUBLICANS took office 8 years ago….. We have to pay a SALES TAX which was brought upon us by the REPUBLICAN governor and the REPUBLIC head NYS senate and congress…. Oh guess what—-the Republicans got voted OUT last time around….. Don’t go blaming the Democrats or the “libs” for everything bad in this country—Republicans do THEIR FAIR SHARE of screwing up our lives TOO!

  4. abfabmom1 on June 24th, 2009 12:53 pm

    Funny that you blame this on the Democrats, when the only government official named in your link is a Republican.

    “If that doesn’t happen, other taxes may zoom upward instead, warned Sen. Michael Enzi, a Wyoming Republican, at a Senate hearing on Wednesday. ‘Are we implicitly blessing a situation where states are forced to raise other taxes, such as income or property taxes, to offset the growing loss of sales tax revenue?’ Enzi said. ‘I want to avoid that.’”

    Okay, how on earth do I get a thumbs-down for an answer that’s simply pointing out the irony of this question? Do people seriously just put in thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs based on their political affiliation? IMO, that paints the perfect picture of how we got into this horrific situation in the first place!

  5. mikelew007 on June 27th, 2009 3:43 am

    Your question is so loaded I think I need to put it in a drunk tank for the night.

    If you read the article or at least read what you put down in your Question Details section, you would notice that it is state and local governments (Nothing indicates the political viewpoint of said governments.) and not the Congress that are lobbying for taxing certain internet serivces. The article doesn’t indicate any strong Democratic or Republican support for such a bill.

  6. Chance20_m on June 29th, 2009 11:27 pm

    Um, that was a republican proposed bill, not a democratic one. It even says so in the link you give. Why do you lie? A simple debate on the merits of the bill or lack thereof would have been an interesting question. You sadden me.