Internet sales tax a bad idea

To the Editor:

I don’t understand the logic behind the Internet Sales Tax (also known as the Marketplace Fairness Act) that just passed the Senate. The argument for is that it would level the playing field for small brick-and-mortar retailers, while the argument against is that it would put undue burden on small businesses.

Regardless of what side you’re on, the thing that confuses me is idea of basing the tax on where the buyer lives rather than where the seller lives. If I go to Green Bay and buy gas and eat lunch and buy clothes at a local store, I don’t pay Michigan taxes. I don’t expect a Wisconsin store to collect Michigan taxes when I shop there; why should a website based in Wisconsin have to?

I’m thinking that as a general rule, if the bill has the words ‘Fairness’ or ‘Affordable’ in it, it’s most likely not well thought out and should be voted down.

Nick Koszykowski