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Womack joins online sales-tax call

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published November 30, 2012 at 7:23 a.m. Updated November 30, 2012 at 9:06 a.m.

— GOP U.S. Rep. Steve Womack is backing a law that would allow states to levy sales tax on online and catalog purchases.

A Wednesday event is planned in Washington to rally support for the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, which is backed by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Womack is scheduled to speak along with Sen. Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, Rep. Jackie Speier of California and Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont.

All five are sponsors of the bill, which would allow states to require online and catalog retailers to collect and pay sales taxes.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says states are expected to lose more than $23 billion in taxes this year on Internet and catalog sales as opposed to taxes collected by “brick-and-mortar” businesses.

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1soni says... November 30, 2012 at 8:26 a.m.

I thought we wanted to do away with taxes?

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NoUserName says... November 30, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.

And...the result will be online stores go out of business. Congrats. Besides, the laws already exist for people to report the so-called 'use' taxes.

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Jackabbott says... November 30, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.

This should have been done years ago. At least the brick and mortar retailers contribute to the local and state economies. It is totally unfair for the on-line operators to be given a tax break for nothing. After all they are all selling Chinese goods.

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rickc says... November 30, 2012 at 9:27 a.m.

They ALL are, are they. What other sweeping generalizations would you like to enlighten us with today?

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... November 30, 2012 at 9:29 a.m.

A republican that wants to raise taxes? I guess he got a check from some business interest that makes him want to increase taxes on people. No limit to the governments greed.

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FreeSpiritMan says... November 30, 2012 at 10:11 a.m.

I buy a lot of items online, we should have a national sales tax on online purchases as well as pay state sales tax, raise the tax rate from 35% to 39.4% on those making over $250,000, cut defense spending, due away with government subsidies to big business, cut out the tax loopholes that the wealthy take advantage of, corporate jets tec. Get out of Afganastain, cut military bases and spending overseas and mind our own damn business. And yes we should make cuts in medicare where they can be made, such as $500 diabetic shoes made in China and $600 pair of glasses. Quit borrowing from the SS fund, raise the cap for SS on wages to $175,000 a year. We could get out of debt pretty quick with the increased revenue.

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NoUserName says... November 30, 2012 at 10:25 a.m.

Why stop there? Might as well also cut the mortgage interest deduction, child tax care credit, earned income credit, stop indexing the AMT, etc. Sure, with enough revenue, we'll be golden. Oh, and Bill, I hope you report ALL online sales tax on your AR return as is required BY LAW. If not, you're just a tax cheat and taking advantage of a 'loophole' yourself.

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NONSHEEPLE says... November 30, 2012 at 11:13 a.m.

SPENDING is the problem... We do NOT need more taxes PERIOD !! If you honestly think higher taxes are the answer to this nations debt then YOU need to go back to elementary school and learn simple math. SPENDING is out of control and until that is stopped our debt will never be help no matter how tight you squeeze the citizens...

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TomN says... November 30, 2012 at 11:56 a.m.

Yep! Those special interest dollars at work! Womack on the payroll! Got to destroy the ability of mom and pop shops and others to compete with and deny market share with the big box office lobby!

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HOTDEMN says... November 30, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Right on TomN. Not to mention the absolute nightmare of trying to regulate and enforce such laws. This idea of trying to tax the internet has been bandied about since the Net began. the real issue here is an attempt by another group of people to gain more power and money. Is anybody suprised that these grabs are coming from Republicans ? They talk "balanced budget" but the records of the last 100 years lay the lie to that ploy.

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