Online sales tax set to pass in Senate [Media Yawns at Democrats Increasing the Cost of Living]
CBS ^ | 5/6/13
Posted on Monday, May 06, 2013 9:50:55 AM by SoFloFreeper
The Marketplace Fairness Act, which easily cleared a set of procedural Senate votes in recent weeks, wouldn’t technically impose any new taxes. Instead, it would give state governments the ability to collect Internet sales taxes from businesses headquartered outside of their respective state borders — taxes that are technically already owed. Consumers are expected to declare those taxes on their state income tax returns but often don’t.
Posted on Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:39:16 AM by Perdogg
The days of skirting around having to pay retail sales tax by shopping online may be coming to a close—and Amazon, of all companies, is supporting the effort.
The so-called “Main Street Fairness Act” attempts to force online retailers that aren’t based in the state to collect sales tax if they use in-state advertisers or other affiliates. The measure is a legally dubious run-around of current U.S. Supreme Court law under Quill v. North Dakota, which only permits a state to force a company to collect tax if they have a physical presence.
Taxpayers and First Amendment advocates won a huge victory yesterday when a U.S. District Court ruled that North Carolina could not collect detailed and private information about online shoppers to pursue them for tax collection.Beginning last year, the North Carolina Department of Revenue DOR sent letters to online retailer Amazon.com demanding that the company provide “all information” about in-state customers and their nearly 50 million purchases.
This included names, addresses, products purchased with descriptions, and more. The state DOR would then target those residents and force them to pay “use tax” on the purchased goods. Yet, a federal court in Seattle has now ruled such “reporting requirements” unconstitutional…