Up until now, if you bought something from another state over the internet, you would not be liable for your state’s sales tax. For the simple reason that the sale legally occurred at the business’ premises, not your home. And, when did you have the chance to vote for (or against) a pro-tax lawmaker from another state?
Nevermind the principle of “no taxation without representation.” The Orwellian-named “Marketplace Fairness Act” is an attempt by some in the Federal Congress to further bleed taxpayers dry.
The basic reason is that you should not be taxed by a state in which you a) don’t reside, and, thus, b) have no say in electing state representatives who pass the laws that provide for sales taxes.
Unless, of course, the entity you buy from has a physical presence in your state, and then, sorry, you are liable. As Senator Jim DeMint notes in his op-ed today:
Today’s origin-based sales tax system, which allows states to tax purchases made at any business within their borders, is fair. I believe that states should focus on cutting spending, lowering taxes and creating the best business environment to attract new companies and new jobs. If states want to raise taxes they have the power to do so—yet only on citizens and businesses within their political jurisdiction.
As usual, whenever the word “fairness” appears in a law, that’s BOHICA time.