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  • iTunes May Be Forced to Charge Local Tax if New Federal Law Passes


    The tax man may be coming for US consumers of digital content and other goods purchased online. US Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) is taking direct aim at the likes of iTunes and Amazon in an effort that could force them to begin collecting local sales tax on all online transactions.

    Durbin, the second longest serving Democrat in the US Senate, isn't dishing many details on the proposal for now. It's believed the measure will be formally introduced sometime next week - you know, after Tax Day comes and goes. Still, the breadth of the anticipated proposal is seemingly in line with the longstanding remarks Durbin and some of his colleagues in Congress have made in recent months regarding online transactions and the process of collecting local taxes. "Why should out-of-state companies that sell their products online have an unfair advantage over Main Street bricks-and-mortar businesses?" Durbin said in February. "Out-of-state companies that aren't paying their fair share of taxes are sticking Illinois residents and businesses with the tab."

    Unfortunately for lawmakers, however, simply passing a bill demanding Apple, Amazon, and others to charge local taxes will not be uncomplicated. With 7,500 different taxing jurisdictions in the United States today, no one has the slightest clue as to how Congress might smoothly implement or mandate such a sweeping overhaul.

    According to CNET, The Direct Marketing Association, which filed suit against the state of Colorado in 2010 to impede a similar law from taking effect, says it will fight Durbin. "You're just giving the states a blank check to make changes without any congressional oversight," says Jerry Cerasale, the DMA's senior vice president for government affairs. "We oppose that...We think that's abrogating the authority of Congress."

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iTunes May Be Forced to Charge Local Tax if New Federal Law Passes started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 125 Comments
    1. Nickaroni22's Avatar
      Nickaroni22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Go Gators View Post
      Typical liberal democrat. Spend Spend Spend, Tax Tax Tax.
      Amen to that!
    1. AKCHRIS's Avatar
      AKCHRIS -
      LMAO!!! Yeah. Next thing ya know..there gonna charge you for renting on top of it.lol what a world.
    1. IXAdamOwnzXI's Avatar
      IXAdamOwnzXI -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nickaroni22 View Post
      Amen to that!
      You know you're a republican when you say amen. How sickening.
    1. cmwade77's Avatar
      cmwade77 -
      Why should we have to pay taxes over the internet if the company doesn't have a presence within the state?

      This is how over the phone and mail order purchases have worked for a long time, why change it?

      I am sorry if the states are loosing money, but to be honest, they take too much here in California anyway, they have more than enough money, thewy just want to spend too much.
    1. dmoore0157's Avatar
      dmoore0157 -
      Sounds like a standard response from some liberal-egotistical punk with little respect for American ingenuity. Calling out the super powers and there entrepreneurship, which, strategically over looks their contributions via “bricks and mortar”. To demonize capitalism for not paying its, “fair share of taxes”, is the epitome of the pot calling the kettle black. After all, was it not Durbin and his cronies who signed the very legislation that put us Americans in such dire restraints? But, I’m sure such an elite, educated, and just man would never fathom such hypocrisy.
    1. x12_Carnage's Avatar
      x12_Carnage -
      Ugh too much taxes -.-
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Quote Originally Posted by Bluprint View Post
      Like it or not, some cities were built by drug dealers, tourists, and illegal immigrants. We got to see the bigger picture and hit the greedy billionaires that are ruining the economy.
      Your ideology sir... is precisely what I am 100% against politically. Read what you wrote slowly and get back to me on how that makes any sense...

      How do you think people get rich? Magic? Its called hard work and dedication. I personally am going to be making $250-$500,000 per year. Magic? Nope. Friggin hard work, debt, and sacrifice, thats how.

      Lets tax everyone the same amount. Remember, more money in the hands of the rich = more money in the hands of the poor. Its just common sense and economics.

      tim
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Quote Originally Posted by iPhonePilot View Post
      SOOOOO very true!!! those are the f' asses we need to go after!! these are the greedy bastards that have the country the way it is- more more for them; much much less and less for us...
      Yes, prosperity is evil. I mean really? Who would want to be successful, prosperous and rich? The American dream is so evil!

      Your views are seriously skewed. You do know it's the government that gave the go ahead with regulations allowing banks to commit the acts that got us where we are and turned around and rewarded them financially on our dime only to turn around and demonize them afterwards? The recent economic collapse is far more complex than a lot of people think. Trust me my man, the rabbit hole runs far deeper than ANYONE can even imagine. Not flaming, just educating because I am well versed in comes finance and subjects such as this.


      But back to the thread topic, does it really come as a surprise to anyone that congress would implement a national tax such as this during a time of record spending to cover their bar tab? Trust me guys, our tax burden is going to rise a lot in the coming months. Get ready because it's going to be PB&J sandwiches for lunch and grilled Gov't cheese for dinner soon. They will bleed us dry to fund their short comings while the strength of the dollar continues to decline which will rise the cost of everyday living.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Stop the war on drugs that will fix the deficit. Legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal use and grow Hemp for its fast renewable resources clothes, fuel, hemp seed oil. And tax people that buy marijuana like they do Cigarettes and Alcohol <---which kill people everyday (marijuana has never caused 1 death EVER). Don't start taxing us on digital content please. Thank you.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Well, you get what you vote for. Remember, Democrats are always for higher taxes. Higher taxes fund their social programs and Unions, and in turn those people vote for them and give them money (Union money is called "Dues" - it comes from the tax payer and goes directly into the Democratic wallet to pay for their reelection campains).

      Yup, higher taxes are simply a result of government corruption, plain and simple.

      I don't care who you vote for, just don't vote Democrat.
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      Quote Originally Posted by IXAdamOwnzXI View Post
      You know you're a republican when you say amen. How sickening.
      Yes because saying amen is so republican.
    1. Wilbourn's Avatar
      Wilbourn -
      [QUOTE=vantheman169;5964298]Stop the war on drugs that will fix the deficit. Legalize marijuana for recreational and medicinal use and grow Hemp for its fast renewable resources clothes, fuel, hemp seed oil. And tax people that buy marijuana like they do Cigarettes and Alcohol


      Amen! ( does this make me a republican?)
    1. nightsoarer's Avatar
      nightsoarer -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Your ideology sir... is precisely what I am 100% against politically. Read what you wrote slowly and get back to me on how that makes any sense...

      How do you think people get rich? Magic? Its called hard work and dedication. I personally am going to be making $250-$500,000 per year. Magic? Nope. Friggin hard work, debt, and sacrifice, thats how.

      Lets tax everyone the same amount. Remember, more money in the hands of the rich = more money in the hands of the poor. Its just common sense and economics.

      tim

      I absolutely agree with Tim. The majority of rich people don't get rich because they're born into royalty. They work their asses off to get where they're at. And while there are definitely those that abuse the system, it's an ignorant comment to say "We need to hit the greedy billionaires." Taxes should be regulated equally to all. I for one do not fall under the $250-$500,000 class, but understand such basic economic concepts. It's hard work that will reap one success, not loafing or obtaining hand-outs from the government, and abusing the system in that sense.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Your ideology sir... is precisely what I am 100% against politically. Read what you wrote slowly and get back to me on how that makes any sense...

      How do you think people get rich? Magic? Its called hard work and dedication. I personally am going to be making $250-$500,000 per year. Magic? Nope. Friggin hard work, debt, and sacrifice, thats how.

      Lets tax everyone the same amount. Remember, more money in the hands of the rich = more money in the hands of the poor. Its just common sense and economics.

      tim
      Are you serious about taxing everyone the same? So if i make 80,000 a year, and Joe Dirt makes 250,000 year, the amount of taxes taken out should be the same? Are you outta your EFFFING MIND? Thats whats wrong with the country these days, this is straight Republican talk here, tax break, tax break tax break, oh You mean by giving big companys huge tax breaks for sending their business overseas to India and take jobs away from the American people they should be rewarded for that? Thanks George W. Bush. You jackass.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by IXAdamOwnzXI View Post
      You know you're a republican when you say amen. How sickening.
      I think 'Amen' is for followers of the Lord!!! I'm pretty sure God didn't reserve it for just Republicans! LOL!
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      It's digital content... Amazon is another story... but iTunes should not be taxed because it is digital content not physically tangible....
    1. klouud's Avatar
      klouud -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Are you serious about taxing everyone the same? So if i make 80,000 a year, and Joe Dirt makes 250,000 year, the amount of taxes taken out should be the same? Are you outta your EFFFING MIND? Thats whats wrong with the country these days, this is straight Republican talk here, tax break, tax break tax break, oh You mean by giving big companys huge tax breaks for sending their business overseas to India and take jobs away from the American people they should be rewarded for that? Thanks George W. Bush. You jackass.
      Did I say anything about a political party? IMO they all are self serving and are an unavoidable evil in the US government. I wish we could do away with them because the 2 major sides do more fighting between themselves than actual work.

      Now... you my friend are nuts.
      80,000 x 0.10 (10%) = $8,000
      250,000 x 0.10 (10%) = $25,000

      Taxed the same but I still pay more. How is this unfair?
      But the fair tax puts 22-24% tax on all sales... and thats it. The same for everyone. How is that unfair? And it would actually generate more revenue than our current system and leave more money in the hands of the citizens.

      the only people that lose are those that are manipulating the system for their own dishonest gain.

      tim
    1. Cokeman's Avatar
      Cokeman -
      I already pay taxes on everything I get from iTunes. Music, movie rentals, everything. I just assumed everyone did.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by klouud View Post
      Did I say anything about a political party? IMO they all are self serving and are an unavoidable evil in the US government. I wish we could do away with them because the 2 major sides do more fighting between themselves than actual work.

      Now... you my friend are nuts.
      80,000 x 0.10 (10%) = $8,000
      250,000 x 0.10 (10%) = $25,000

      Taxed the same but I still pay more. How is this unfair?
      But the fair tax puts 22-24% tax on all sales... and thats it. The same for everyone. How is that unfair? And it would actually generate more revenue than our current system and leave more money in the hands of the citizens.

      the only people that lose are those that are manipulating the system for their own dishonest gain.

      tim
      Sorry guess i did not realize what you meant.
    1. nightsoarer's Avatar
      nightsoarer -
      Quote Originally Posted by vantheman169 View Post
      Are you serious about taxing everyone the same? So if i make 80,000 a year, and Joe Dirt makes 250,000 year, the amount of taxes taken out should be the same? Are you outta your EFFFING MIND? Thats whats wrong with the country these days, this is straight Republican talk here, tax break, tax break tax break, oh You mean by giving big companys huge tax breaks for sending their business overseas to India and take jobs away from the American people they should be rewarded for that? Thanks George W. Bush. You jackass.
      Wow, someone has just made himself look extremely foolish... Instead of forming an intelligent statement you completely misunderstand what someone says, and called him a "jackass." but that's to be expected from a liberal democrat I suppose. Tax is based on percentage, not one set amount. So it would be logical to tax the same to everyone, Joe dirt makes $250k making something like say 10% tax to be $25,000. While the other guy who makes $80,000 pay $8,000. The man "Joe Dirt" pays 3x more in taxes because he makes 3x more, plain, simple, and fair. So next time, before blowing up like an utter fool, try to understand what you've just read.