First, in January 2013 with Republicans in charge of the House, they allowed a $1B tax hike on the American people, the biggest in American history. Then ObamaCare. Then Amnesty. Then Boehner refuses to establish a special investigation committee for Benghazi. Now… taxing you on the internet. How much more do you need to kick their asses in 2014?
So it should come as no surprise that the Establishment Party is looking to pass a bill that would allow the 9,600+ different state and local governments to tax the Internet.
Current law dictates that a state can only require a business to collect its sales tax if it is physically present within its boundaries….
(The MFA) would countenance an enormous expansion in state tax collection authority by wiping away the “physical presence standard,” a baseline protection that shields taxpayers from harassment by out of state collectors….
Dismantling this protection for remote retail sales would create a very slippery slope for states to attempt collection of business or even income taxes from out of state entities….
(The MFA will) forc(e) online retailers to calculate and remit to more than 9,600 distinct taxing jurisdictions.
As per usual, when someone in DC says “fairness” – grab your wallet, because they are about to do so. The MFA is a gi-normous, omni-directional, multitudinous-government tax and power grab – and a colossal compliance headache for just about every U.S. business.
It on May 6 passed the Senate – with twenty-one Republican votes. And now, even more inexplicably, House Republicans are taking the lead on ramming it through.
H.R.684 – Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013
Sponsor: Rep. Steve Womack (Republican-AR)
Co-Sponsors: 66 – 24 of whom are Republicans.
(Republican) Rep. Bob Goodlatte To Move Forward With Online Sales Tax Bill
House GOP Takes Step on Internet Sales Tax Legislation
Yet another example of Republican anti-Conservative ideological muddle. Is it any wonder the Party brand is so horrendously damaged?