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Internet taxes: Is the inevitable about to happen?

Scott Bradner | April 30, 2013
Some things never happen the way that us pundits expect. Back on Independence Day in 1999 I wrote this about government taxing the purchase of goods over the Internet: "I fully believe in the ingenuity of the government when it comes to imposing taxes. We will be paying these taxes soon." Well, "soon" has not happened yet, but maybe it is getting closer.

The Washington pundits seem to think that this bill may not make it through the tax-avoiding House. But I will say again, "I fully believe in the ingenuity of the government when it comes to imposing taxes. We will be paying these taxes soon." I will be right some day.

Disclaimer: Harvard itself is exempt when it comes to many sales taxes, so unless something more drastic changes, I expect the university will have no opinion on the possibility of Internet sales taxes. But even if it does I have no way to know what it might be, so the above repeated opinion is mine alone.

 

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