We have about three years before this is going to become an issue again, when it comes back aorund we need to actively fight this. I think the money I
pay for my power bill to run my computer, my phone bill for connecting, and the money I pay my ISP is plenty. We can't let them have the internet to
regulate and tax, as I quite strongly believe it may the last bastion of true communication and information exchange. Well, I guess if you can't
control it, just tax it. And Apparently this idea is catching on in other state intiatives as well.
Wisconsin's Democratic governor thinks it's not fair that tangible items get taxed while downloads, like music, ebooks, software, etc., go
completely untaxed. So, he proposes to rectify the situation by having Wisconsin's 5% state sales tax apply to Internet downloads. This is kind of
like that famous hoax about how the USPS wants to charge people 5 cents for e-mail messages, except it's for real....
That's right: it's voluntary. In a country that can trace its origins in part to a dispute about taxes, does this man really think that people are
going to voluntarily pay a tax? And what makes it even funnier is that he thinks people in Wisconsin are going to voluntarily pay....
At any rate, WI is by no means the first state to look into recouping some of the tax revenue lost through online purchases. All of the other
efforts to date, though, have to do with trying to tax physical goods that are bought over the Internet (see here and here, for instance). WI is the
first to my knowledge to propose taxing downloads.
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Once they realized the implications of citizens having an unlimited exchange of information, they immediately began both state and federal
initiatives to regulate and monitor the internet. With the consolidation of the major media companies, the internet also became a haven for for a new
concept in modern journalism, the Bloggers. They can't allow freedom of information any longer and maintain their integrity. For them, information has
to be controlled, filtered through policies, clandestine and otherwise cotnroversial issues. They fear the complete free exchange of information.
When it became an international sensation, the internet grew beyond their means to regulate and control it, and honestly, I think the recent
proposals of taxation and regulation of the net which has run proposal after proposal like wildifre through state and federal legislatures, is simply
their "Plan B" to insert legislations which will be ultimately of a regulatory nature. This isn't just a revenue issue, for as age old history
prooves, once they tax it, they will regulate it.
Take a look at these statements from www.jsonline.com...
"Gov. Jim Doyle wants you to pay Wisconsin's 5% sales tax whenever you pay to download a song, book, movie or piece of art."...
"Asked if consumers can be expected to note when they download and then pay the 5% sales taxes on those transactions, Morgan said: "What we believe is
that a large number of these folks are unaware they have that obligation" to pay sales taxes on Internet and mail-order purchases."
""We're going to have to do a much better job of educating" taxpayers that they owe sales tax on Internet and mail-order purchases, Morgan said."
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