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Published: Tuesday, Aug. 30 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Ogden, UT

If, suddenly, I have to pay taxes for online purchases... I just won't make as many purchases.

Purchases go down, economy goes down.


@Let's be real
The Main Street Fairness Act is not the "Federal Government...getting into the States' business" If you read the bill (S.1452/H.R.2701), you will see it is quite the inverse - It actually empowers states to enforce their existing laws, but only if they simplify their sales tax laws, as Utah has already done.

Tremonton, UT

The U.S. Gov't has no business regulating the way the states administer taxation. If the states want to attempt to collect sales tax online businesses, then great. But the Feds should stay out of it.

Scuba's little scenarios are so inaccurate. Contrary to his account, online retailers such as Overstock to pay property tax, income tax, social security taxes, etc. They also employ a lot of employees, all of whom pay income tax, sales tax, property tax, gas taxes, etc. The only difference is that the online retailers are not required to collect sales tax.

Hmmm. Given the choice, I would much rather have the stimulus to the local economy that a company like Overstock brings in, rather than force online companies to set up store outside the U.S. borders so they can avoid collecting sales tax.

It is unrealistic for brick and mortar businesses to expect an even playing field. The very nature of brick and mortar businesses vs online businesses is different. They each attract customers for different reasons.

This same protectionism logic is what many small stores used against big box stores. Yet the great stores have survived Walmart and Lowes and the like.

West Valley, UT

Do States or the Federal Government have the right to force me to collect taxes for them?
I don't wish to volunteer to perform this service for them. What are you going to do about it?

US Constitution: Amendment XIII
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

Provo, UT

There really isn't such a thing as sales tax free purchases online now. Most states have a Use Tax, and you are supposed to figure out what your sales tax would have been on online purchases and declare it on your taxes. I have no idea how many people are honest and fill this in, but it is there.

Ultra Bob
Cottonwood Heights, UT

A better solution would be to eliminate the sales tax entirely. The best solution would be to eliminate all income and sales tax on businesses. Take taxes out of the success/failure equation and allow the free market to exist. Businesses would pay tax fees for government services as the property tax like we all pay. That's the only part of the cost of goods sold that should be a part of the price.

Finance the federal and state governments by a personal flat rate income tax on every commercial income for every person who derives their income from business operations in America, from every source without exception and without deduction. Rich people could no longer blackmail states by threatening to come or go according to tax.

Businesses don't pay income taxes. Those that say they do, are only forcing their customers to pay the taxes for the business. This would eliminate the problem of the for-profit and the not-for-profit businesses. Again helping create a free market system.

Clearfield, UT

People usually pay shipping on their online purchases, but not tax. People pay tax at the brick and mortar stores, but not shipping. Sounds fair to me! It's called competition. If the brick and mortar stores can't survive internet competition they should put a closed sign on their door or open a store on the internet....or have both types of stores!

Lake Forest, CA

John has been in the TV sales business for 10 years. Larry decides to go into the TV business and opens his store one mile down the street and has a grand opening sale where each TV is 10% off. John gets mad demands the government pass a law saying nobody can sell TV's for 10% off. The government passes a law that all TV's must be sold at set prices. Tom, Dick and Harry decide they are not going to buy a TV. Who loses in this scenario....EVERYBODY. Online buyers still pay shipping while not a tax is still cost of doing business. Fact: If state and local governments would live within their means, we would not be having a dicussion of this nonsense.

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