On­line Levy

Should states charge sales tax on In­ter­net pur­chases?

Texarkana Gazette - - OPINION -

On March 1, res­i­dents of Ar­kan­sas, Ok­la­homa and Wy­oming will join those in 38 other states—in­clud­ing Texas—and the Dis­trict of Columbia in hav­ing to pay sales tax on items or­dered on­line through Ama­zon.com.

And it might not stop there. Com­bined Ar­kan­sas House Se­nate leg­is­la­tion would have re­quired other on­line com­pa­nies to col­lect sales taxes from Ar­kan­sas res­i­dents. The bill failed to ad­vance this week, but law­mak­ers will likely try again down the road.

Pro­po­nents say the state is los­ing rev­enue on un­taxed on­line sales and that col­lect­ing sales taxes will put brick-and-mor­tar busi­nesses on a more even foot­ing with In­ter­net re­tail­ers.

Op­po­nents say the state isn’t “los­ing” any­thing be­cause it was never the state’s to be­gin with. They say this is just an­other ex­am­ple of gov­ern­ment’s greed for a greater share of our in­come.

We want to know what you think. Should on­line pur­chases be sub­ject to state sales tax? Or should on­line sales be tax-free?

Send your re­sponse (50 words max­i­mum) to opin­ion@texarkanagazette.com by Wed­nes­day, Feb. 22. You can also mail your re­sponse to the Texarkana Gazette Fri­day Poll, at P.O. Box 621, Texarkana, TX 75504. Be sure to in­clude your name, ad­dress and phone num­ber. We will print as many re­sponses as we can in next Fri­day’s pa­per.

Last Week: Fan­tasy Sports

Our ques­tion last week was about Texas pos­si­bly le­gal­iz­ing daily fan­tasy sports for money. Are daily fan­tasy sports con­tests games of skill, or at most harm­less re­cre­ation that should be le­gal? Or is the ac­tiv­ity gam­bling that should re­main against the law?

From www.face­book.com/texarkanagazette

Se­ri­ously? This is ridicu­lous! There are so many other top­ics that should be taken care of be­fore try­ing to make some­thing so harm­less il­le­gal!

It shouldn’t be the role of gov­ern­ment to de­cide whether or not gam­bling is harm­ful or not.

Are they go­ing to out­law the stock mar­kets? Pretty sure that’s a gam­ble as well.

Make free­dom le­gal. No more laws based on reli­gion and some­one else’s idea of moral­ity.

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