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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Deaths Twin

There are only two things guaranteed in the world, death and taxes. Les Jones is lamenting the most confusing state of death's twin, online sales tax collection.

I say, tax free should be the way. Its always seemed to me that charging taxes to an online operation were simply a way to protect intrastate business but penalizing Interstate operations - and isn't that just what the Commerce Clause was really meant to protect against? I'd wager Congress could get back on the right track passing a bill to ban the levy of interstate internet sales taxes - or short of that, perhaps impose a national sales tax on internet sales that is earmarked for states (based upon their per capita portion of the revenue generated). Heck, that might be an excellent model for testing out an eventual national sales tax to replace the internet tax.


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