Sell Globally, Tax Locally: Sales Tax Reform for the New Economy (AEI Studies on Tax Reform)
Michael S. GreveISBN: 0844771708;
Should online purchases be taxed based on the buyer's location or the seller's? In Sell Globally, Tax Locally, Michael S. Greve offers a provocative new approach to Internet sales taxation. Drawing upon his extensive background in federalism issues, Greve argues that an origin-based tax system would break the "tax cartel" and replace it with competition--giving states a motive to lower their sales taxes as a means of enticing companies to choose their state as a base of operations. Cross-border sales, through the Internet or other channels, are commonly taxed on the basis of their destination, not the country or state of origin. That regime is uniformly decried as terribly complex, burdensome, and inefficient. It allows many Internet sales to escapetaxation, depriving governments of revenues and giving Internet retailers an unwarranted advantage over traditional industries. Most reform proposals focus on intergovernmental tax harmonization and simplification. Instead of extending...
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