Our Anti-tax Governor Just Endorsed Online Sales Tax | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Our Anti-tax Governor Just Endorsed Online Sales Tax

I can't say I disagree with this: The Hill is reporting that Haley Barbour endorsed it in a letter to lawmakers today, urging them to close a loophole that lets online retailers forego sales taxes that are sorely needed at home (and hurts local businesses):

"I am writing to congratulate you on the introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act and offer my support for its timely passage," Barbour wrote in a letter to Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), two co-sponsors of the bill. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is also a leading supporter." ...

"Fifteen years ago, when e-commerce was still a nascent industry, it made sense to exempt startups like Amazon.com from collecting and remitting sales taxes in states where they had no facilities," Barbour wrote. "But today, e-commerce has grown, and there is simply no longer a compelling reason for government to continue giving online retailers special treatment over small businesses."

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When you do the math, it will help with state revenues when they do enact it. If you go online to Amazon buy a $1500 flat panel TV, you save $105 just because your not paying sales tax. I can't lie, I'm a amazon prime buyer myself.

Duan C.

I love Amazon prime no tax, free 2 day shipping. I tried to buy a tv from Cowboy Maloney's but they don't take Amex. Local merchants simply enacting poor business policies will be their own downfall.


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