Taxing Amazon/online retailers

Jan 2009
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As many states continue to look at bleak budgets, the debate over how to (or whether to) tax online retailers such as Amazon continues to grow. We have seen the detriment it can cause though in the case of California's policy which has led to Amazon closing their affiliate program in the state.

There are a couple questions at play- one being how to tax these retailers if they have no physical property in said state (which is a jurisdictional question) and whether it is a good idea. In addition, Amazon might hurt some local retailers who have to charge taxes on goods, which automatically drives up the cost and pushes consumers to the online retailers.

Any thoughts on this one?
 
Jul 2011
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It's never been clear to me why businesses should be involved in managing taxes and health care.

It seems simpler and clearer to simply tax businesses like anybody else, and have government run it's own taxing operations.

So, perhaps a solution could be to move away from state sales tax towards state income tax?

The state and the people it serves do their tax business directly, and stop requiring businesses to be the middleman.
 
Mar 2009
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It's never been clear to me why businesses should be involved in managing taxes and health care.

It seems simpler and clearer to simply tax businesses like anybody else, and have government run it's own taxing operations.

So, perhaps a solution could be to move away from state sales tax towards state income tax?

The state and the people it serves do their tax business directly, and stop requiring businesses to be the middleman.
Here we have state income tax, sales tax,county tax, city tax, school tax and federal tax. That does not include business "permits".
 

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