Why do we have to deal with the internet sales tax problem in a piecemeal, state by state fashion (Amazon takes on California, New York Times, July 14, 2011: B1, B4)?
The Federal Government needs to invoke the inter-state commerce clause and require that retailers collect sales tax for all purchases that are incurred over the internet. Then brick and mortar retailers will not be disadvantaged relative to internet retailers.
And how does Amazon even think that failing to collect sales tax is a socially responsible act. They are just increasing the costs for the rest of us.
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