Yesterday, I appeared on Thom Hartmann’s show to discuss the
wisdom of Internet sales taxes and how they should or shouldn’t be
applied. Hartmann seemed firmly fixed on the idea that sales taxes
are not just a good thing, but that they must necessarily apply
where the consumer lives rather than where the vendor is located —
a requirement that involves some logistical challenges in a nation
of thousands of tax regimes. Note, by the way, how he seemed to
assume at the 5:00 mark that a point I was making about how his
stance has potential civil liberties implications if simply viewing
a Web page invokes legal jurisdiction was somehow a call-out to a
tussle over international trade.
Still and all, any debate is a good debate, and I thank Thom
Hartmann for having me on.
Reason columnist Veronique de Rugy has
dealt, at length, with the subject of Internet sales taxes.
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