Project Chapter 8

Visit at least 4 websites that take a position on e-commerce taxation, beginning with the National Conference of State Legislatures (Ncsl.org) and the National Governors Association (Nga.org). You might also include national associations of local businesses or citizen groups opposed to e-commerce taxation. Develop a reasoned argument for, or against, taxation of e-commerce.

NCSL-National Conference of State Legislatures.

In 2014, NCSL has a strong voice for the collecting of taxes on internet purchases. Stating that in the U.S. states lost about 23 billion dollars by not collecting taxes. “States lost an estimated $23.3 billion in 2012 from being prohibited from collecting sales tax from online and catalog purchases. With nearly every state still facing budget shortfalls, this revenue could help fund police, school teachers and other much-needed programs.”

Web source: http://www.ncsl.org/research/fiscal-policy/collecting-ecommerce-taxes-an-interactive-map.aspx

 

NGA-National Governors Association

With the NGA site, they only pop up 2 sources that talk about e-commerce taxation. Also having a strong point. The difference between this and the NCSL is that this link is a testimony and letter from a Governor and his thoughts.

Conclusion: It goes without saying that the Internet and electronic commerce are no longer nascent technologies or trends, but instead well-established platforms and marketplaces that will help drive our 21st century economy. States are working to modernize their tax laws to adjust for this new reality while promoting the continued growth and prosperity of electronic commerce.  The time has come for Congress to join with states to improve the laws and ensure government is not picking winners and losers in interstate commerce. While the bills before this committee are important, if Congress truly wants to work with states to craft thoughtful structural change that will help bridge the gap between the physical economy of the 20th century and the digital economy of the 21st century it must first address the collection of state and local sales taxes.”

Web source: https://www.nga.org/cms/home/federal-relations/nga-testimony/edc-testimony/col2-content/main-content-list/testimony--state-tax-issues.html

Businesses by List

Amazon: Is already paying big taxes for online purchases and have their own tax system set up.

Ebay and Etsy: Are against the bill according to an article.
Source: This source gives a good description of the Businesses aspect and an overall break down of how the bill for e-commerce taxation is broken down.
http://marketingland.com/online-sales-tax-whyecommerce-companies-are-on-both-sides-of-the-debate-43395