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originally posted by: ntech
The problem is this clause in Article 1 sec. 10 of the US Constitution.
No State shall, without the Consent of the Congress, lay any Imposts or Duties on Imports or Exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing it's inspection Laws: and the net Produce of all Duties and Imposts, laid by any State on Imports or Exports, shall be for the Use of the Treasury of the United States; and all such Laws shall be subject to the Revision and Controul of the Congress.
The other side of the problem is that the states are starting to collect sales taxes on internet purchases now. Link to Ebay tax collection policy
And that would apparently violate this clause of the Constitution. So I would ask the question. If the state are not supposed to keep the revenue raised by taxes on imported goods then WHY ARE THEY COLLECTING IT?
And keeping the revenue raised by such taxes is a Federal Power?
Didn't anyone realize that the citizens of the US have the right to state tax free imported goods?