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IFF: Internet Sales Tax Is Bad Idea

Throughout our state, Idahoans are turning hobbies or talents into a sources of income, developing websites to sell their creativity or ingenuity or products to customers in other states. This is the free market at work. This is what entrepreneurialism and capitalism are all about—the resourceful small businessman using the web to make ends meet, get ahead or enjoy the fruits of his labor. In the shadows of all of this opportunity, proponents of collecting taxes from Internet sales are back. They plan to show up at the Statehouse next winter armed with new ammo; namely, a column written by Reagan economist Art Laffer. Laffer wrote in the Wall Street Journal recently that states would do well to collect taxes from goods sold via the Web. Laffer wrote his column ahead of a pending U.S. Senate vote on a bill that would facilitate the multistate collection of Internet sales tax/Wayne Hoffman, Idaho Freedom Foundation. More here.

Question: What can I say? I agree with Wayne on this subject. You?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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