Clinton for Web sales tax


— 9:44 PM on March 1, 2000

On Monday President Clinton cleared up his stance on Internet sales taxation. It seems Bill thinks state governors should be able to promptly decide whether or not to place sale tax on items ordered over the Internet. Internet taxation is a rather complicated issue involving thousands of tax jurisdictions, and haste does not seem like a logical way to handle an issue like this. If a tax were enacted, many fear it may severely hamper the budding e-commerce industry. I don't see why the Internet needs any additional taxation as it is currently treated like mail order, in which the customers in-state are taxed and out-of-state aren't. I know I would certainly cut down on my online purchases if a tax were put in place.

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