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Sen. Cardin and Retailers Support Taxing All Internet Sales

Southern Maryland Online, by Dana Amihere

Walk into most retailers in the country and your receipt will show how much you paid in sales tax on your purchase. Order the same product online, and in many cases, it’s gone.

Supporters of the Marketplace Fairness Act, including co-sponsor U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., say that this disappearing act is only taking money out the pockets of retailers with a physical presence.

Improved Internet tax law, said Cardin, would’ve helped Maryland capture $375 million in revenue, enough to solve the doomsday budget crisis in Annapolis and eliminate the need for the special session of the legislature.


Posted by: Sammy on 05/31/12 at 08:27 PM
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  • 1. · Poorly written headline. Internet sales are already taxed, they are just not collected by the Internet stores at time of purchase. Consumers are supposed to pay sales tax to their local sales taxing authorities.

    What? You didn't know that? Tsk, tsk, tsk. If you think you are getting something tax-free and saving a few $$ by getting it online, you are mistaken. You are breaking the law by not giving the state it's taste.

    The problem is that markets are distorted because local brick and mortars are required to collect sales tax, while online stores are not (unless they happen to have a warehouse in the state, for example). The result is that local brick and mortars appear to be more expensive, and it becomes more and more difficult for them to compete.

    Fear the government that fears your guns

    Comment by xcitor  on  06/01/12  at  05:02 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 2. ·
    Internet sales are already taxed, they are just not collected by the Internet stores at time of purchase. Consumers are supposed to pay sales tax to their local sales taxing authorities.


    I think this makes me an illegal.

    Comment by mbillard  on  06/01/12  at  06:09 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 3. · Sales tax isn't going to make people stop buying online. For people like me with a long work day, it's more convenient. Stores are generally not open when I have time to shop. I don't care to rub shoulders with individuals who have chosen the thug lifestyle so I don't go to the mall. And the level of customer service you get sucks more often than not.

    Also, the shipping cost more than offsets the sales tax in many cases.

    Someone selling on line does not have to maintain a store front with it's high lease costs, electricity, salaries, insurance, etc, etc. It will never be a level playing field.

    The bottom line is that Ben Cardin, like most politicians in MD, never met a tax he didn't like. The more tax he can collect, the more votes he can buy.

    It's all about other people's money - until it runs out.

    Ich bin ein Blind Squirrel

    Comment by Wayne  on  06/01/12  at  06:34 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 4. · For many who have medical issues and are unable to drive, they have little choice but to purchase online.

    Many sites offer free shipping if a purchase is over a certain amount and many are already collecting sales tax!!

    I think Ben Cardin and the others who are involved in this proposal should reconsider. The economy, in my opinion, will get worse before it gets better, due the "uncertainties" facing many businesses, such as Obamacare..

    As you say Wayne, it's all about other people's money - until it runs out!!! The way it looks to me, is that the money is running out fast...

    Comment by cheryl  on  06/01/12  at  08:56 AM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 5. · This is not a "new" tax, it's always been there. It just depends on self-reporting, and is not easily enforceable.

    I don't like taxes anymore than the next guy, but the great thing about consumption taxes as opposed to other types of taxes is that they are easy to avoid!

    Fear the government that fears your guns

    Comment by xcitor  on  06/01/12  at  01:15 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 6. · we are all criminals.

    I shop online, and of course my new business is online. But I have to pay the sales tax for what I sell, even if I don't collect it.

    And unless you have tremendous sales, an internet company has many expenses you wouldn't think of- it costs more to have then you think.

    formerly known on the ‘Duck’ as spirit of the elder & BJGoodwin

    Comment by Barbara  on  06/01/12  at  01:24 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 7. ·
    the great thing about consumption taxes as opposed to other types of taxes is that they are easy to avoid!


    Absolutely!!!

    Comment by cheryl  on  06/01/12  at  01:30 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
  • 8. · Barbara, In theory, you on.y have to collect tax on sales to MD. If all retailers were paying sales tax on all their sales to their home state, Cardin wouldn't have all this "extra" money to collect.

    Maybe you're being more Catholic than the Pope??

    Ich bin ein Blind Squirrel

    Comment by Wayne  on  06/01/12  at  03:01 PM | [Back to Top] | [Back to Main]
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