Future of Tax Free Internet Shopping in Jeopardy
Senators Rally Opposition to Internet Sales Taxes
The 1998 Internet Tax Freedom Act was a United States law authored by Representative Christopher Cox (R-California) and Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), and signed into law on October 21, 1998 by President Bill Clinton in an effort to promote and preserve the commercial, educational, and informational potential of the Internet. This law bars federal, state and local governments from taxing Internet access and from imposing discriminatory Internet-only taxes such as bit taxes, bandwidth taxes, and email taxes. The law also bars multiple taxes on electronic commerce. The most recent extension was titled the Internet Tax Freedom Act Amendment Act of 2007, signed into law on November 1, 2007, by George W. Bush and extended the moratorium until November 1, 2014. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) http://wyden.senate.gov/ and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) http://ayotte.senate.gov/ are planning to introduce a resolution today saying that no laws should be enacted that would let states impose "burdensome or unfair" taxes on Internet retailers.
You Should Know:
(A) Wal-Mart Stores, Best Buy, Home Depot, and other companies support taxing the internet.
(B) 1992 Supreme Court ruling says that in general, retailers currently can't be forced to collect sales tax on out-of-states shipments unless they have offices in those states. And with more than 7,500 taxing jurisdictions, each with its own rules and ability to conduct audits, compliance with each is not a trivial task.
(C) Amazon.com, Ebay.com, Yahoo.com, Buy.com, Overstock.com, Jr.com, Newegg.com and so on would be effected by this bill.
(D) Contact your U.S. Senator @ senate.gov. Let your voice be heard.