HOT BLAST: Yes or no on online sales tax?
May 09, 2013 | 1483 views |  0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Senate this week approved a bill "authorizing states to compel online retailers to collect sales tax," as The Wall Street Journal put it.

"President Barack Obama supports the bill, but its fate in the GOP-controlled House is uncertain. House leaders haven't scheduled hearings or votes on it, although many lawmakers say they want to find a solution to the problems brick-and-mortar retailers and state and local governments say they face," The Journal continued.

Tuesday Wired put it like this: "The 'internet sales tax' approved yesterday by the Senate won’t likely stall the overall growth the online retail economy. The migration of commerce to the web and mobile devices is about much more than the tax-free percentage shaved off in online shopping carts."

Late last month, The Star quoted Nancy King Dennis, spokeswoman for the Alabama Retail Association, on the proposal. "We want to level the playing field," Dennis said in explaining the organization's support for an online sales tax.

FreedomWorks, the conservative advocacy group opposes the measure, saying "it is potentially unconstitutional, it raises taxes, it will harm startup businesses online, and it fundamentally changes the way that taxes can be collected."

So our question: Do you support a bill that would create an online sales tax? (The usual disclaimer applies. This is an unscientific poll.)

Do you support a bill that would create an online sales tax?

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