Internet sales tax law tossed

April 4, 2012

A Colorado law passed in 2010 intended to encourage online retailers to collect sales tax has been struck down by a federal judge. (Denver Post)

U.S. District Judge Robert Blackburn’s decision permanently blocks implementation of the law — which already had been put on hold by an earlier judicial ruling. Such a law would “impose an undue burden on interstate commerce,” Blackburn wrote.

Courts have always concurred that online retailers cannot be forced to collect taxes from customers.

“Enforcing a reporting requirement on out-of-state retailers will, by definition, discriminate against the out-of-state retailers by imposing unique burdens on those retailers,” Blackburn ruled.

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Great, now let’s take the government online, then we can’t be forced to pay (income tax, etc) for the services it provides.

A moronic ruling, IMO.

If I sell something on Ebay outside of California no tax. If selling to someone inside California I have to charge taxes. What’s with that?

It’s the state you live, work and play in trying to slow down the bleeding from online sales. What’s wrong with that?

No I will not pay it. Let them come get me. I am now in Alaska, then Colorado, then Maine, then Oregon, then……….I won’t pay to Ca. And the $47.00 is still mine. Sorry I am tax poor like the rest of you.


Yepee! One for our side!

Is that the “Have My Cake and Eat It Too” side?

just wait, this free-lunch, no-sales-tax mentality is going to force a Federal VAT-style sales tax on EVERYTHING, no exceptions.

This was a no brainer, can anyone imagine having to file 50 unique sales tax returns every quarter? Geezzzzzz.

Good going, you’ve just made the argument for a Federal sales tax — just one form to file for online retailers!

As long as we have the corruption and payoffs in this county, I am all for not giving an extra dime in taxes to those idiots who waste it. Go Amazon! No tax, no shipping.

Apparently they tried that in Great Britain, but it’s not going over so well. Skirting tax laws is old hat to Amazon, the great online predator.

Finally – a step in the right direction…