Just to clarify my last post.
The real “loophole” Spitzer has closed with this new tax policy is that, in the past, we taxpayers were supposed to voluntarily report our Internet shopping and voluntarily pay sales tax on our Internet purchases.
He figures not everyone does this. So he’s going to make retailers collect the tax on our behalf.
What bugs the bejeepers out of me is that the state keeps asking for more, more, more. If our government wanted to demonstrate leadership and fiscal responsibility, they’d figure out a way to make do with what they have.
Instead they sit around dreaming up new ways to make us pony up more & more & more of our cash.
The Internet should have been left alone in the first place. New York State should have respected the Internet as a place where commerce could be left alone, for once, to flourish without a sales tax burden.
At the least, the state should have satisfied itself with revenues from NY State-based Internet companies.
It’s been a shameful affair from the start and Spitzer’s latest move only adds to the shame.
[tags] Eliot Spitzer, New York State, sales tax [/tags]