Internet Sales Tax Emerges As Next Republican FissureSubmitted by Viperscale on Sat, 03/02/2013 - 01:16
WASHINGTON — A proposal to strengthen sales taxes on internet commerce is emerging as a new litmus test for Washington Republicans, who are divided over a bill known by its sponsors as the Marketplace Fairness Act and by its opponents as the National Internet Tax Mandate.
The bill, first introduced in 2011, has set off a battle between two generations of Republicans and has given anti-tax leader Grover Norquist a new litmus test for judging the fitness of politicians who will soon be up for reelection. The legislation also an opportunity for Rand Paul to beef up his libertarian bona fides just as he tries to edge further into the mainstream.
"I think this will irritate people," Norquist said in a telephone interview with BuzzFeed. "It's a major issue for Drudge. It's interesting to see, with the SOPA and PIPA things — I think it could get tougher for the tax-the-internet people now."