Upload & Sell: Off
| p.2 #7 · Internet sales tax comes to vote this week |
When internet commerce was in its infancy, it made sense to give them a break by not collecting sales taxes except in states where companies are located. Those days are long gone so really, the only argument against this change is we don't want to pay more for what we buy online. We like getting a good deal. Yes, we can make the argument that any dollar of taxes collected will be misused by those we've elected to represent us. That can be a difficult argument to make if people are really honest about the services they want government to perform on our behalf. I wish local streets were in better repair. I'm happy that when I flush the toilet the waste product goods down the sewer beneath my street. And I'm happy when I turn on the water that what pours out is drinkable. I also love to visit the local library and I certainly enjoy visiting parks in my region or hiking trails in the watershed that are maintained by water district employees. Taxes and user fees paid for all of that and more.
But the major argument from my perspective in favor of this development, is I like visiting my downtown and having something other than bare windows with for rent signs displayed. I like that we still have a book store and camera store downtown. Giving Amazon and B&H preference through tax avoidance may save me a few bucks but I like living in a town with a vibrant business district. Leveling the playing feel sounds like a sensible thing to be doing. I can still save money by not buying as much stuff. Some call it practicing voluntary simplicity and suggest it leads to a saner life. My solution, which is very much personal, is to buy used cameras and old manual focus lenses. I don't pay taxes on those purchases, though if E-Bay has to collect for its merchants I may have to pay. But I buy from the fellow in Lake Worth, Florida who sells three or four things a year. He probably doesn't qualify for sales tax...
I'll be interested in how this unfolds. Obviously, there are powerful interests at play here, so there is no telling where things will stand once this chapter comes to an end.