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TAXES: Internet taxes not that onerous

Letter by William C. Dalton, Gig Harbor on May 15, 2013 at 1:20 pm | No Comments »
May 15, 2013 2:17 pm

I must admit that I am really scratching my head after reading the recent letter from a Puyallup resident about the potential Internet tax change (TNT, 5-14).

Am I to understand that it is the contention of the author that small businesses, that actually have a building on some local street, should continue to be at a disadvantage to any business (large or small) that is an Internet business currently not having a building on some street, not having to staff the operation all day with real people during both slow hours and busy hours when it is far more profitable?

There is mention of “crony capitalism” but somehow a small (or relatively smaller than simply mammoth) size Internet company is not gaining from not having to collect taxes when the store on the street has to collect the tax?

Somehow managing the computations for all these convoluted tax rates is apparently a fatal situation for an Internet business. Really? Day before yesterday, a business owner was out at my house. When he drew up his billing, he whipped out his trusty iPhone, punched in the zip code and up came the tax for my zip code area! What a devastating, unreasonable, onerous, unfair burden! How he must struggle to stay in operation.

If he can do it, I think that any crocodile tears for the poor Internet business is, at best, simply mantra spouting or lack of logical thought.

Perhaps all this head scratching explains why I am bald.

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