Comment: Anyone with a website and $1

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Anyone with a website and $1

Anyone with a website and $1 million or more in sales has some kind of accounting software and certainly some kind of order software for the website. ALL of them can handle sales tax as you are required to collect sales tax anyway for customers within your own state. The 8,000 tax jurisdictions is not a problem if using online software; it's merely a database with zip codes and tax rates (provided by the state as a database). You don't actually have to remit sales tax to those 8,000 tax jurisdictions. You remit to the 50 states. Further, you don't have to comply with 8,000 different sets of rules. Each state can only have one set of rules.

Assuming you don't have horrific accounting records it shouldn't take more than an hour. Sales tax is literally the easiest tax to comply with (and not comply with for that matter).

The two links you provided only reinforce my view that there is not one single legitimate argument against collecting sales tax for online transactions. People just like the free ride and don't want it to end. The reality is that taxes are supposed to be used to pay for goods and services collectively used by society...such as roads. An internet sale uses these services in the same manner as if you went to the store and bought it.

If am in North Carolina and I order from Company X located in South Carolina I don't pay sales tax. If Company X puts a small store forever away from me but in North Carolina I all of a sudden pay sales tax. Literally nothing changed in that transaction. The same resources were used, same result, same everything. I fail to see how we should give tax breaks to companies (or consumers) because of a loophole.

I'm not arguing that we should have a sales tax; I'm arguing that if we DO have a sales tax that it should apply to all businesses.