Implementing online sales tax would protect Utah jobs, support local business

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  • Riles Midway, UT
    March 12, 2013 8:48 p.m.

    Special interest lobbyists win again. When will the people have their voice heard? This is protectionist garbage and will only lead to higher prices with minimal revenue generation. Furthermore, it's flatly unconstitutional for state governments to legislate interstate commerce. Waste of time.

  • airnaut Everett, 00
    March 12, 2013 4:40 p.m.

    Here we go again --

    I thought Republicans built their entire party platform and campaigned everything on reducing or eliminating taxes, and letting the Free markets decide?

    I guess their built their house upon the sand.


  • lost in DC West Jordan, UT
    March 12, 2013 4:34 p.m.

    states that have insituted a tax may have over-estimated the reveunes they would receive, but the problem is their estimate, not the tax.

    Actually, it's the use tax that may have problems with the commerce clause of the constitution.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    March 12, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    The words “taxation without representation” keep ringing in my head when people talk about taxing foreign bought goods and services.

    I don’t mind paying for my government, federal, state or local. The many services and protections are well worth the price. But I don’t think we should allow our government to tax us for not performing any services. The case of the state government applying a tax on goods and services that they provide absolutely no services, help or protection is wrong.

    It is to our gross discredit that we allow unscrupulous business interests to take our government into this improper action. Even the republicans in their “fair tax” scheme exempts foreign purchases from their sales tax.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    March 12, 2013 3:25 p.m.

    Re: "The Utah Use tax is the answer. Its enforcement may need to be beefed up."

    The answer to what?

    Hunger pangs of a bloated, unaccountable government, hungry to flush more revenues down that government toilet, even though not a single service or benefit would be provided in return for payment of a clearly unneeded tax?

    Cries for unfair protectionism by venal, selfish merchants anxious to have the government they've bought and paid for lay a heavy thumb on the scale in their behalf, against the interest of voters?

    Again, answer to what?

    Beefed-up enforcement of an unfair, unneeded, illegal, and counterproductive tax is never a good idea.

  • Jon W. Murray, UT
    March 12, 2013 12:21 p.m.

    The Utah Use tax is the answer. Its enforcement may need to be beefed up.

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    March 12, 2013 11:42 a.m.

    That is a nice idea, but doesn't work well.

    For example, Washington State has a high sales tax on non-food items. As a result, the people that live near Oregon drive their cars across the state line to make big purchases. The result is that the Washington state sales taxes are lower than they would be if Oregon charged sales taxes.

    The other problem is mandating people in New York to comply with Utah law, when they don't reside in Utah. Since when have states had the power to regulate interstate commerce?

    That is why Utah has the question on your tax forms for the amount that you have purchased out of state for use in state.

  • Heffy Kaysville, UT
    March 12, 2013 1:54 a.m.

    Didn't expect to read this anti-free market protectionist tripe in the DesNews.

  • wer South Jordan, UT
    March 11, 2013 9:46 p.m.

    If anybody has filed their Utah state income tax forms, they should know there is a provision requiring consumers who make purchases from out of state sources, including internet and catalogs, to pay tax on those purchases.

    It's called the Utah use tax.

    If they haven't noticed, they have failed to pay their taxes properly.

  • itsjustme Vernal, UT
    March 11, 2013 9:20 p.m.

    The states that have implemented taxing online sales taxes have realized significantly lower-than-projected revenue from these taxes. It caused serious budget problems, because they budgeted such a large amount of dollars that did not materialize.

    Also, on the second to the last page of the bill, there is a question as to if the bill is Constitutional (the Quill case). Maybe the House needs to wait to pass such legislation until the constitutionality of such a law is decided in the courts.

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    March 11, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    Re: "Implementing online sales tax would protect Utah jobs, support local business"

    And force higher prices and less competition on Utahns.

    Proposals for more and higher taxes are NEVER about protecting or benefitting real people.