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Internet sales tax again on agenda
While Rep. Steve Womack takes another crack at legislation that would help states collect taxes on Internet sales, IPI's Bartlett Cleland warns the measure would hurt businesses. Cleland says businesses will shoulder the burden of increased audits and additional tax payments that should be collected by states "who can't figure out how to clean up their own messes internally" and collect the tax from customers.
Obama to Seniors: It's Time for You to Pay
Seniors strongly supported Mitt Romney in the 2012 election over President Barack Obama, and now Obama attempts to get his revenge in his most recent budget proposal with cuts to Social Security and Medicare, as well as tax hikes for estates and 401(k)s.
Enzi's 'Marketplace Fairness Act' a Trojan horse
If passed, the MFA will increase taxes as “multiple jurisdictions lay claim to the same transaction and demand payment,” said IPI's Bartlett Cleland. The proposal “does away with any requirement that a business have a physical connection in a jurisdiction before it can be required to levy taxes on its sales.”
Wyoming U.S. Sen. Enzi: Online sales tax isn't new tax
IPI's Bartlett Cleland says the Marketplace Fairness Act would compel businesses to comply with every single tax code in the nation if they want to sell their goods everywhere. And noncompliance could mean a costly audit from the states where sellers are sending their products.
Bill would give fans more freedom to sell, give away game tickets
Rep. Rene Oliveira has filed a bill to make sure that Texans can do whatever they want with tickets they buy for live events -- and that ticket sellers and venues can't restrict the resale or gifting of tickets. Now is the time to address the issue, said Tom Giovanetti.
Studios Struggle for Focus on Film Pirates' Booty
As options for watching movies ave expanded and become more sophisticated, so have attempts to pirate the content, leaving studios seeking new ways to discern the impact on their bottom lines.
New Efforts to Put a Price Tag on Film Piracy
From their publication in 2006 through the debate over the Stop Online Piracy Act that ended early last year, the film industry frequently has cited the findings of a study by IPI that found film piracy was costing the U.S. economy $20.5 billion annually.
A Federal Agency Promotes Discrimination By Trying To Fight It
The U.S. Labor Department’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) has been ratcheting up its use of some questionable methods for determining hiring or pay discrimination, amounting to a perpetual witch hunt of manufactured culprits to harass in order to justify their own existence—and budget.
Some in GOP eye Obama ideas with envy
While some conservatives admire Obama's $100 billion initiative to map the human brain, IPI's Merrill Matthews warns: "We also have to remember that doing so requires the government to allocate the research funds. And as we saw with Solyndra and several other now-defunct companies, this administration hasn’t always made good choices.”
About Those Tax Breaks for Big Oil...
A bill sponsored by Rep. Chris Van Hollen has inadvertently called attention to the fact that those "special tax breaks" just for the oil and gas industry don't exist. Mr. Van Hollen proposes to create some very special punishments instead. Regardless of the bill's fortunes on Capitol Hill, it has already performed a public service by illuminating the fallacy behind assaults on the industry.
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