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Congress should end tax break for online sales

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Internet sales were crazy on Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season, as people took advantage of online shopping’s convenience and low prices. But what’s really crazy is Congress continuing to deny state and local governments the right to collect the tax on those sales that they so desperately need. And are due. Congress’ refusal to act has meant the states have been operating under a 1992 Supreme Court decision that said catalog mail-order businesses ...

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January 9, 2013
7:35 a.m.

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Sales taxes are a terrible way to raise money and very regressive since the poor spend a higher percentage of their income on basic goods than the rich. A better solution is to end sales taxes altogether and reform local government so the money isn't needed, starting with consolidating towns into counties, school districts with few children into larger districts and dissolving cities like Schenectady into county government.

January 9, 2013
8:22 a.m.

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Well stated Manjoe....liberals like the gazette writers always seem to think our money belongs to the government and we are allowed to keep some. It is supposed to be quite the opposite. It is our money and the government takes it away from us to pay for things that are generally quite bloated.

January 9, 2013
3:18 p.m.

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Sales taxes may very well be a terrible way to raise money. But just as terrible is for small local brick and mortar businesses who MUST collect the sales tax while internet giants get the competitive edge on prices sans sales taxes.

Internet commerce is no longer in its infancy with a need to be coddled. Treat it no different than any other business.

January 10, 2013
7:53 a.m.

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Here goes the Gazette again advocating for more tax. Don't we pay enough taxes in NYS? By the time I take home 53% of my pay I have school, property, cell phone, gas, sales and dozens of other taxes to pay. Enough is enough, stop with the damn waste, the Sandy Bailout had billions of dollars of pork to Hollywood, Nascar and a dozen other things. When are we going to start using some common sense?

January 18, 2013
12:52 p.m.

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This isn't a case of more tax, it's a case of the collection applied evenly.

Why should my company have to collect sales tax from a customer who can buy the same product online SOMETIMES FOR A HIGHER PRICE but less overall, factoring in the sales tax?