Before we begin, let me state very clearly that I hate paying taxes as much as the next guy. But that said, anyone who thinks that that "no taxes on internet purchases" is some fundamental right is just SO
wrong. You actually already owe those taxes
. The only reason it is not being collected is because the feds and the states have not gotten together to come up with a uniform way to charge appropriate taxes. In these days of shrinking tax revenues in every level of government, the fact that some localities are taking it upon themselves to do this should not be a surprise to anyone. And once this starts taking effect and generating revenue for those municipalities, you can effect everyone else to take notice and be far more open to drawing up that uniform sales tax methodology.
I know people get up in arms about this, but those of you that find this to be some crime against humanity need to grow up a little bit. Take advantage of the loophole while you can perhaps, but don't whine like spoiled kids when the loophole is eventually closed.
Originally Posted by Redmist
With this, they're basically taxing a data transfer, and don't we already pay for internet access?
The digital copy of that song is a product you are paying for, and therefore clearly taxable. There is no difference between taxing digitally downloaded music and a CD...you don't pay $11.99 + tax for that circlular piece of plastic, you're paying for the content on
that piece of plastic.
Originally Posted by BizzareRide
If they get away with this then whats stopping them from taxing our cookie downloads every time we visit website - We'd be force to visit the same sites throughout the month to avoid fees.
Because a cookie is not a product or service you are paying for. But if the web site charges you a fee to use their services, then they can and would charge you tax on that service.