Monday, January 23, 2017

JJ readers: Don't tax the internet.

JJ conducted a poll last week that asked if you thought the legislature should pass an "Amazon tax" bill.  The results weren't even close: Don't even think about it.  See for yourself.


Yes
  243 (36%)
 
No
  382 (57%)
 
Don't care.
  37 (5%)

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would like to see the details of how and what they would tax. As far as taxing for internet usage, a resounding "NO".

As far as taxing goods that are ordered, it is totally unfair to merchants and others to be able to order goods tax free. Also, purchasing on-line is unfair to the State and to municipalities. But, used clothing is more like garage sales.

Anonymous said...

JJ reader here, tax the internet.

Anonymous said...

If someone purchases goods or services that would be subject to Mississippi sales tax if that person purchased those items from a Mississippi business, then there absolutely should be a Mississippi sales tax paid on those items purchased on the Internet.

Anonymous said...

Attn 8:59 Lets make it a voluntary tax so people like you can pay it and people like me will not have to.

Anonymous said...

When you do your state taxes, you are required by law to give an accounting of online purchases on which you did not pay state sales tax. The tax amount is added to your tax bill or deducted from your refund. CPAs can back me up here.

So you can be taxed online, or you can pay in April, or you can lie and break the law.

I don't like taxes any more than the next guy, but I'd rather just pay when I purchase and not worry about the Dept. of Revenue running a microscope up my behind to verify I paid tax on that pair of shoes I bought in March.

Anonymous said...

Unfair? What the hell does 'unfair' mean? If the local store wants 'fair', let him provide for the shipment of his goods online. We don't owe the local merchant a living any more than we owe the local bum a handout. Nor do we owe the state anything when they are not involved in a transaction in any manner. The state has nothing coming in these transactions.

Anonymous said...

No thanks to the internet tax, waste the lottery money first.

Anonymous said...

Start a webpage with a functional online purchasing portal. Adapt or die, taxed or not.

Anonymous said...

Why give the state anymore of our money when they have completely wasted what they take now?

Anonymous said...

A microscope up a behind wouldn't reveal much.

Anonymous said...

FREEDOM!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a bunch of bedwetters don't want to pay what they owe, imho.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the state wants something for nothing. The items are not sold in the state why should the state collect taxes on it? They do not have a single damn thing to do with it.

Anonymous said...

The tax is already on the books. Just trying to get the retailer to collect it. The buyer already is on the hook to pay it, but nobody does. Just trying to get somebody to collect a tax that is already due and payable.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe how ignorant the posters on here are. This is not a new tax. This is collecting a tax that is already on the books. Has been for decades.

Do you pay it? If not, post your name and address and somebody will pay you a call.

Anonymous said...

You don't pay it either, 8:30. What's YOUR name and address?

Because it's 'on the books' makes it sensible? Sure you don't want to rethink this?

Anonymous said...


THERE ARE PROS AND CONS TO THIS PROPOSAL. MISSISSIPPI IS SO ANTIQUATED. THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT SHOULD BE ALLOWED AS WELL.

LOTTERY (WE ARE A POOR STATE AND DON'T ALLOW LOTTERY??)

ALLOW WINE CLUBS TO SHIP TO HOMES. One of 4 states that do not allow it.

GEEZZZZZ!!!

Anonymous said...

Usually the dude pushing legalized weed shows up to these threads to push the legalization of weed. He must have gotten a new bong.

Anonymous said...

Or he got busted.

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