Collecting sales taxes from all retailers is basic fairness

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  • rmk South Jordan, UT
    July 13, 2018 6:18 p.m.

    Brick and mortar stores say they collect sales tax and online doesn't so it isn't fair. Online has to ship their product to the consumer which costs about the same as sales tax. So they have always been fair. The problem is we continue to try and find more and more ways to tax people. Look at your cell phone bill.

  • old cuss 101 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2018 9:53 p.m.

    Mr. Anderson's article for one, addressed the fairness of collecting sales tax uniformly on retail sales whether internet based (which has been a cheater) or bricks and mortar based (which has been a losing fair player.)
    He also mentioned the pending election question which would increase the tax on fuel, give some of that to roads, some to education while removing some road monies burden from the general fund.

    Otherly focused comments may be of concern, but maybe not germane.

    My comments were supportive of the uniform sales tax and then related to the gas tax.
    Transportation of all sorts uses the roads. Fuel consumption and vehicle registration is much proportional to road utilization. For that reason, I am in favor of using fuel and vehicle related revenues to support transportation related expenditures, tit for tat. I do not like making profit centers out of certain service categories to fund unrelated services. Thus the General fund serves to assess general taxes with some degree of fairness to cover general expenditures (noting that all taxes, including business taxes, are ultimately born by the citizenry.)

    We can discuss how to establish a broad and fair tax system.

  • UtahEngineer Sandy, UT
    July 12, 2018 6:24 p.m.

    Mr. Anderson is not familiar with the economics of much of the internet.

    The plain fact is that there are likely millions of tons of saleable merchandise on the internet, just in America, that can't move because it's not worth the added price to ship it. Everything gets shipped; the buyer pays the shipping charge. inevitably.

    This tax will just further limit the amount of saleable merchandise due to that add-on. This will hurt and make life more difficult for the smaller seller and buyer.

  • toosmartforyou Kaysville, UT
    July 12, 2018 6:04 p.m.

    Why does suddenly roads and highways need to be a "user funded" item and things like education, corrections, health, tourism and a host of others are worthy of being funded by the General Fund? Why have you singled out transportation and not, say for example, education?

    I think the General Fund needs to be used for everything and not create a burden in the form of fees on "users" instead. Who doesn't need roads? Do you make you own clothing and furniture, grow you own food, have your own EMT and Police services? Of course everyone needs roads.

  • Holy-Schamoly-What Baloney Kaysville, UT
    July 12, 2018 5:59 p.m.

    Here's my question to Mr. Anderson: If taxes are a matter of fairness, is it fair for large businesses to be given tax breaks while their owners and the owners of banks call upon the Legislature to tax the small person even more while the wealthy get tax breaks...is that "fair?"

  • old cuss 101 Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12, 2018 2:09 p.m.

    Comments to date surprise me.
    Mr. Anderson has summarized the inequity of the internet avoidance of the sales tax burden on local retail outlets. A 7% +/- price advantage of the internet over local retail has been unfair and is much responsible for the demise of brick and mortar businesses across the country.

    Years ago, legislator Lorin Pace wrote a little tome on the benefit of having a broad and balanced tax program for the state. His insight would be yet beneficial and is replicated in part by Mr. Anderson. Education is the largest consumer of state tax revenue, a hungry mouth to feed. Transportation is also a large hungry mouth. But both of them contribute mightily to the "general welfare" of the state and region.

    I wish that roads could be made to "stand on their own feet" with related fuel taxes and fees as a unitized source of income and expense. I wish that education could be primarily income tax based on a graduated basis so that those who "have more" would "pay more" as they "benefit" more from the general level of education.

    I am accepting of a property tax, only wish it could be modified to a general "asset" tax to level out the concept of tax on wealth.

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    July 12, 2018 1:52 p.m.

    The greatest cause for the failure of the USA is the failure of the founding fathers to carry through on the words of the Declaration of Independence. Specifically the notion of equal justice for all.

    IMO, the Constitution provides for rules and laws the protect business (Masters) and little or none protection for consumers (slaves).

    A business may incorporate under the laws of any state regardless of where they do business and pay taxes only to that state.

    An individual is forced to allegiance to a single state, county, town, city, and neighborhood, according to his residence. His life activities, style, taxes, vote, and very existence is controlled by his residency.

    Businesses may vote for their employees and themselves, plus use the voting power of their money.

    employees vote only for themselves as individuals or as influenced and directed by advertising from businessmen.

  • rvalens2 Burley, ID
    July 12, 2018 11:32 a.m.

    Congress needs to pass a law that sales taxes are to be collected and paid to the taxing district in which the business resides. After all, it can be argued that there is no sale until the money is received by the business.

    It's a simple and easy solution to implement and would put all business within the same taxing district on the same footing.

  • Password Lincoln, NE
    July 12, 2018 8:36 a.m.

    Solution: Eliminate all taxes and each state can then either borrow or print whatever money it needs just like the Federal Government does (Utahs trade partner China, I am sure, would love to lend the State of Utah a few trillion dollars now and then)!

  • patagonia66 West Jordan, UT
    July 12, 2018 7:56 a.m.

    Scott Anderson is shining example of what is wrong with most Utah Republicans--they are RINO's! This is a guy who endorsed Jim Matheson over Mia Love and is now trying to tell us how taxes are good! Give me a break!

  • VIDAR Murray, UT
    July 11, 2018 11:57 p.m.

    When a new tax is proposed they always say it is for education. But that never seems to be where it goes. It’s all a ball and shell game. If more money goes to education from sales tax, then they pull other money away from education, and put it somewhere else,like for a new prison,or coal port in California.

  • J Thompson SPRINGVILLE, UT
    July 11, 2018 7:33 p.m.

    It looks like the Court forgot to read the Constitution - again. Article I, Section 10, Clause 2 prohibits any State from levying an import tax or an export tax without consent of Congress. All money collected must be given to the Federal Government, i.e., sales tax cannot be collected except within the State where a business has presence. If a State wants a tax placed on goods shipped from another State, then Congress must approve that taxation AND the taxes levied must be turned over to the U.S. Treasury.

  • Cedarite Cedar City, UT
    July 11, 2018 7:07 p.m.

    Large sellers like Amazon already collect and remit. For sellers with buildings full of accounting staff, it's doable.

    But the hodge podge of laws the various states, counties and cities totals something like 12,000 taxing districts. No small business can handle the paperwork, licenses, keep up with constant changes and potential audits for any mistakes for this regulation crazy quilt. There is no affordable solution to this issue at this time, no "app for that" as some have cavalierly suggested . Unless congress steps in and creates some kind of minimum standards, states will bludgeon other states' small businesses out of existence via penalties, fees and audits. Considering the amount of small and home based business in Utah, I would hope that the state legislature sets aside some money to protect and defend Utah's own online businesses from abuse and potential obliteration by other states, and that Utah will refrain from doing irreparable harm to small businesses in other states in a quest for the big pot of gold.