My View: The Marketplace Fairness Act and e-commerce businesses

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  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 9, 2013 2:44 p.m.

    Sales tax is the most unfair, most regressive and bad way to finance government.

    Consumption by people does not reflect the value or expense of their share of the cost of government.

    Not all sales are taxed.

    Not all similar products impose the same tax. Taxes are different with different merchants and methods of purchase. An item that costs $16 in local stores cost $8 for the item and $8 for the shipping cost on the internet.

    Sales tax adds to the cost of the product by the accounting and handling of the tax. Those costs become part of the price.

    Merchants collect more tax from people than they remit to the government.

    While not perfect, personal income is the best measure of a persons share of our government. It should be a flat rate tax handled by the payer of personal income and not allowing or needing any participation by the receiver.