Monday, April 20, 2009

Revenue gathering...

One of the themes of this blog is that economics trumps (mostly) everything. Reports of Amish workers converting (temporarily) to the Mennonite sect in order to drive to work or set up phone interviews certainly fall in that category.

And from a more secular perspective, functionally insolvent state and local governments must "find" revenue to continue upkeep (and patronage).

Last updated: 1:49 am
April 19, 2009
Posted: 1:28 am
April 19, 2009

The days of buying online to avoid paying sales taxes may soon be over.

A bill is expected to be introduced to Congress this week that would force retailers like eBay and to start collecting sales taxes on behalf of states from people who shop online or through mail order.

It's not a new effort: Attempts to close the online tax "loophole" have been going on for at least a decade.

But supporters of the bill think Congress may finally give in to their demands because of their own pressure to lend support to financially battered state governments.

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