I am still waiting for the flat tax
- I sit here waiting for decades on end for the so-called "small government" GOP to pass a flat income tax.
- Meanwhile, instead of finding ways to eliminate taxes we see Republicans working to create new taxes.
(The Hill) - A bipartisan group of senators is taking another crack at online sales tax legislation.
Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) rolled out the Marketplace Fairness Act on Tuesday, which would give states more power to collect sales taxes from businesses that don't have a physical location within their borders.
"The Marketplace Fairness Act is about supporting the jobs we have in our towns. It is about the people who are our neighbors who work in our local stores," Enzi said in a statement.
"It’s time to give states the right to enforce their own laws without having to get permission from Washington.”
The Senate passed a substantially similar version of the Marketplace Fairness Act in May 2013, by a wide bipartisan margin.
But top Republicans in the House opposed the measure, and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made sure it never came up for a vote – much to the chagrin of the retail groups that support the proposal.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has been working on his own proposal, which would levy taxes based on where the retailer – not the customer – is based. But retail groups have already panned that proposal.Read More . . . .