Wyoming Liberty Group
In Wyoming, some politicians are looking high and low for ways to take your money, especially if they can make it look like someone else is slipping his hand into your pocket. One way that popped up during a recent Revenue Committee meeting is a tax on Internet retail sales. Proponents justify this tax grab in two ways. First, the need for more tax revenue to fund the state budget shortfall and second, the notion that hard-pressed Main Street businesses can’t escape collecting the tax so taxing Internet sales would level the playing field. However, government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. An Internet sales tax won’t do much for the revenue shortfall and if government really cared about Main Street retailers, they would reduce their tax burden instead of extending the dead hand of government to the Internet.
Governments are looking high and low for more ways to take your money. That makes any news about blocking a tax, even temporarily, good news. House Speaker John Boehner from Ohio announced he would block the senate’s Marketplace Fairness Act, otherwise knows as the Internet Retail Sales tax, sponsored by our very own Senator Enzi, among others. This tax would force retailers to charge sales tax to out-of-state online purchasers and then remit the tax to the state where the purchaser lives.