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View Diary: "Grover Norquist Did Not Elect You": Republicans In Disarray (!) Over Online Sales Taxes (256 comments)

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  •  No, it's not regressive (2+ / 0-)
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    The poor are much less likely to buy online. The more income, the more likely online purchases. That's not regressive.

    And a NY business that buys something in CA would only have to pay CA sales tax if the delivery was in CA. If the delivery was in NY, no CA sales tax.

    •  Poor and middle class are hurt by this. (0+ / 0-)

      Millionaires and billionaires would be hurt by a financial transaction tax, which is why we are not talking about how there are 75 votes in the senate for one.

      It's about the % of your income that ends up being taxed.  Put aside the fact that the rich already make most of their money through investments, which we all know are taxed less than earned income, the wealthiest of us put more of our income away into savings and investments, for which there is no additional tax.   The fact remains that the poor and the middle class spend a much larger % of their money on goods and services than the wealthy.  What this proposal does, is require even more % of the income of poor and middle class people to be spent on tax, by adding tax to purchases that they make online.  

      This is being done so that the Government can continue to ignore taxing the wealthy through income or investments.

      As to your point, a business that is in NY that is current buying from a provider outside NY state may not be currently paying sales tax on those goods, but under this new law they would.  That is going to increase the cost of the business's products, because this extra cost is not going to be born by the bottom line of the business, or taken out of the CEO's bonus, it's going to be born by you and I.

      Sorry, but the government increasingly relying on sales tax to function is no by means a progressive victory.  Let's not pretend that it is.  

      We have the elite, smart people on our side.

      by fearisthemindkiller on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 01:15:55 PM PDT

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      •  No (4+ / 0-)

        This is not being done so the government can continue to ignore taxing the wealthy. This is being done so that states have the facility to enforce existing laws. And that additional enforcement will be more progressive than existing sales tax enforcement.

        •  You see that side of the coin (1+ / 0-)
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          and I see how this law gives competitive advantage to larger corporations that are better able to succeed in an environment of increased bureaucracy.  

          This is a choice by our political leaders, at the same time they choose to create additional sales tax enforcement on goods and services, they choose not to raise income tax rates on the highest earners or levy a sales tax on financial transactions.

          We have the elite, smart people on our side.

          by fearisthemindkiller on Mon Apr 29, 2013 at 01:31:08 PM PDT

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