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"Why is congress, an anti-tax congress, pushing to expand sales tax on the internet now?" Listen to the podcast to get philosophical with us on that question.
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Washington (CNN) – Late this afternoon, the U.S. Senate is voting on and will likely pass what would be the largest expansion of taxes on the Internet.
The plan is called the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that gives States the power to insist that online company charge sales tax. (In return for that power, the Senate would require that states simplify their tax codes.)
That title, “Marketplace Fairness Act” points to the political problem here. This is a tax bill in a time when taxes are political outcasts. Why is the Senate poised to pass it now?
[2:45] "Because government is actually desperate for revenue, they’re looking at absolutely every corner they can hit," says Christopher Morris, chairman of the philosophy department at University of Maryland
State governments need money. However, the votes probably would not be forthcoming if the bill were called “The Increase Taxes On The Internet Act."