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Grassley, Harkin differ on online sales tax measure

May 8, 2013

Iowa’s United States senators split over a Senate bill that would allow states to require online retailers to collect sales taxes. U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin, a Democrat, voted for it. U.S. Sen....

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May-08-13 7:43 PM

In a computerized world, collection and remittance of sales taxes to states and lesser jurisdictions is not much of a burden or cost on anyone, certainly less than the 62 cents in accounting and legal expenses my son' says it costs his firm for every $1 of corporate income tax it pays the federal govt. Sales taxes are and would remain one of the most efficient forms of tax collection, and online sales without them provide not only an unfair advantage for online retailers but advantages more costly retail over bulk shippers. If there is a constitutional threshold on the number or amount of sales within a single state to warrant federal collection under the interstate commerce clause, that too can be programed into a computerized collection and remittance system.

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May-08-13 10:54 PM

Most of my purchases on the net are for stuff or parts I can't get locally. Most times the shipping rate is more then the part. Not paying the sales tax helps offset the shipping.If I buy something that I can pick up at a local store (Walmart Sears Target And etc.)it saves me the shipping and I pay the sales tax. So if the goverment charges sales tax on everything you buy will they pay for the shipping?

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May-09-13 12:01 PM

Ever wonder why you can't buy those parts locally, Taxed...? It's -or WAS - called "service," which I got from Best Buy and my local TV shop but not Ebay, HP, etc,, shipping out of God know where.

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