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    Congress proposes tax on internet use.

    So next year posting this thread will cost me more than 0.02??


    The era of tax-free e-mail, Internet shopping and broadband connections could end this fall, if recent proposals in the U.S. Congress prove successful.

    State and local governments resumed a push to lobby Congress for far-reaching changes on two different fronts: gaining the ability to impose sales taxes on Net shopping, and being able to levy new monthly taxes on DSL and other connections. One senator is even predicting taxes on e-mail.

    At the moment, states and municipalities are frequently barred by federal law from collecting both access and sales taxes. But they're hoping that their new lobbying effort, coordinated by groups including the National Governors Association, will pay off by permitting them to collect billions of dollars in new revenue by next year.

    If that doesn't happen, other taxes may zoom upward instead, warned Sen. Michael Enzi, a Wyoming Republican, at a Senate hearing on Wednesday. "Are we implicitly blessing a situation where states are forced to raise other taxes, such as income or property taxes, to offset the growing loss of sales tax revenue?" Enzi said. "I want to avoid that."

    A flurry of proposals that pro-tax advocates advanced push in that direction. Enzi introduced a bill that would usher in mandatory sales tax collection for Internet purchases. Second, in the House of Representatives, politicians weighed whether to let a temporary ban on Net access taxes lapse when it expires on November 1. A House backer of another pro-sales tax bill said this week to expect a final version by July.
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    We are a ways away from 1/2 of 1 percent on tea... What happened?
    "Just blame Sixto"

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    Ok that's it, time for another tea party, only this time we can throw servers and CAT5E over the side...

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    Government Logic:

    "I know, we'll charge huge taxes on everything people buy. That's certain to help the economy!"

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    Sales tax is the main reason internet shopping is worthwhile. Shipping charges offset the gain (and then some). They've proposed this before, and the main reason it failed is that, if enacted, the majority of companies that sell online would quickly fold. Except for items not found locally, it just wouldn't be worth it to buy online.

    Result= less taxes collected. Jobs lost = payroll taxes lost.

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    I thought this was another hoax e-mail, but according to snopes.com

    http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/pending/internet.asp

    This is true...as of November 2003

    Anyone have recent updates from reputable sources??

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    We already pay tax on our provider.Now a tax on a tax?

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    http://www.fairtax.org/

    Problem solved.

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    If they could figure a way to tax the sun we would have solar power.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teknoid View Post
    Sales tax is the main reason internet shopping is worthwhile. Shipping charges offset the gain (and then some). They've proposed this before, and the main reason it failed is that, if enacted, the majority of companies that sell online would quickly fold.
    Or go off-shore, that is what the big guys will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jchoo View Post
    http://www.fairtax.org/

    Problem solved.
    +1 3/4

    Message has to be longer than 2 characters?

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    Quote Originally Posted by teknoid View Post
    +1 3/4

    Message has to be longer than 2 characters?
    Yep, messages two characters or less are tax exempt though, you just can't post them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark555 View Post
    If they could figure a way to tax the sun we would have solar power.
    Don't let algore & his groupies hear you! He might push for a solar sales tax to wipe out global warming.

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    A few hundred years ago in England there was a tax on windows, the more windows your house had the more you paid.
    People blocked the windows up and painted them to look like they were still there from the outside, you can still see preserved examples of this on some of the bigger stately homes.

    They do tax everything.

    There is a saying in England;
    Only two things in life are certain - Death and Taxes.

    Maybe if they tax emails it will stop the spammers?
    I doubt it though.

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    Well Since all of my bills are going up and my retirement income has not increased I have been thinking of dropping my DSL service. This could just hurry me along.

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