krk's comment history

krk said...

With our grid-locked, polarized and dysfunctional politics in Washington, federal legislation is unlikely to happen.

Proponents of e-fairness should look to the same place that naively caused this problem to exist, the Supreme Court, by using Amazon’s appeal on New York state’s Amazon Tax legislation as a vehicle to get the court to reverse its Quill vs. N.Dakota decision.

Here is a blog post echoing the same pessimism: http://robertkugel.ventanaresearch.com/2011/07/ “Recently, I came across a piece of research from a well-known IT research firm that was published in 2000 on the topic of applying sales tax to Internet purchases. It was amusing that the report forecast that by 2005, the streamlined sales (and use) tax agreement (SSTA) would be in force and states would be raking in taxes from out-of-state purchases. More than a decade after this prediction was made, it still hasn’t happened.”

July 10, 2011 at 11:02 p.m.
krk said...

Similarly, in South Carolina, Amazon has been trying to lobby for a “safe harbor” sales tax exemption on top of other concessions for locating their distribution centers in the state. This is all a sad short-sighted policy where states compete among themselves into bankruptcy. http://www.fitsnews.com/2011/02/24/problems-with-amazon-deal/

States, instead of pursuing a “Beggar Thy Neigbor” policy pandering to the likes of Amazon to generate a fleeting “High” of prosperity, like Nations do by rubbishing their own currency, should try to colloborate and take collective action to end this permissive abuse of our antiquated sales tax system.

Juxtapose this with Texas recently back-charging Amazon $269 million for sales tax it had not collected over the years while stealth maintaining a distribution state in-state. Texas got shamed into going after Amazon only after it was brought to light by a vigilant Dallas Morning News reporter. Besides challenging Texas in court, Amazon is playing the intimidation card by closing down its distribution centers in Texas.

Only collective, colloborative action will put a stake in the "Nexus" & "Entitity Isolation" voodoo legal tactics that remote online merchants, particularly Amazon.com, have been getting away with.

What everyone is blind to, is the impact on mainstreet retail which too adds jobs, you know. In this perverse “damn if you do, damn if you don’t” situation created by the antiquated catalog mail-order era Supreme Court ruling regarding “Nexus”, state authorities are exploited by big, predatory online businesses.

The sensible thing for states to do is press Washington to speedily enact the “Mainstreet Fairness Act” which had bi-partisan sponsors but got nowhere in the last congress and its principal sponsor is now retired. This will restore a level playing field to brick and mortar retail and bring back jobs and vibrancy to mainstreet retail. Plugging such corrupting loopholes will foster a business ecosystem of free, fair and level playing field to flourish, bring back jobs and vibrancy to main street retail and much needed revenues to the state.

February 26, 2011 at 9:05 a.m.
krk said...

Similarly, in South Carolina, Amazon has been trying to lobby for a “safe harbor” sales tax exemption on top of other concessions for locating their distribution centers in the state. This is all a sad short-sighted policy where states compete among themselves into bankruptcy. http://www.fitsnews.com/2011/02/24/problems-with-amazon-deal/

Juxtapose this with Texas recently back-charging Amazon $269 million for sales tax it had not collected over the years while stealth maintaining a distribution state in-state. Texas got shamed into going after Amazon only after it was brought to light by a vigilant Dallas Morning News reporter. Besides challenging Texas in court, Amazon is playing the intimidation card by closing down its distribution centers in Texas.

States, instead of pursuing a “Beggar Thy Neigbor” policy pandering to the likes of Amazon to generate a fleeting “High” of prosperity, like Nations do by rubbishing their own currency, should try to colloborate and take collective action to end this permissive abuse of our antiquated sales tax system.

Only collective, colloborative action will put a stake in the "Nexus" & "Entitity Isolation" voodoo legal tactics that remote online merchants, particularly Amazon.com, have been getting away with.

What everyone is blind to, is the impact on mainstreet retail which too adds jobs you know. In this perverse “damn if you do, damn if you don’t” situation created by the antiquated catalog mail-order era Supreme Court ruling regarding “Nexus”, state authorities are exploited by big, predatory online businesses. The sensible thing for states to do is press Washington to speedily enact the “Mainstreet Fairness Act” which had bi-partisan sponsors but got nowhere in the past congress and its principal sponsor is now retired. This will restore a level playing field to brick and mortar retail and bring back jobs and vibrancy to mainstreet retail. Plugging such corrupting loopholes will foster a business ecosystem of free, fair and level playing field to flourish, bring back jobs and vibrancy to main street retail and much needed revenues to the state.

February 24, 2011 at 7:33 p.m.
advertisement

Find a Business

400 East 11th St., Chattanooga, TN 37403
General Information (423) 756-6900
Copyright, Permissions, Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, Ethics policy - Copyright ©2014, Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc. All rights reserved.
This document may not be reprinted without the express written permission of Chattanooga Publishing Company, Inc.