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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

August 20, 2013 at 6:57 AM

An Internet tax?

Flat income tax is fairest

Peter Ollodart is a rare voice of reason. [“Guest column: An Internet tax? We can’t pay it,” Opinion, Aug. 19.]

The pending bill to enact an Internet tax would require states to simplify their sales-tax laws. That’s just putting lipstick on a pig, because the sales tax is exactly that: a pig.

Most people with low incomes spend everything they earn, and maybe more, so merely simplifying sales-tax laws wouldn’t help them a bit. An Internet sales tax doesn’t help businesses like Ollodart’s either, so what’s the point? States lose revenue if their business owners and employees can’t earn a decent living.

The International Revenue Service (IRS) already has enough resources to collect state income taxes from taxpayers in every state, and there is already a space dedicated to that purpose on everyone’s tax forms.

Let’s switch from complicated sales taxes to a nationwide flat income tax, and let everyone enjoy life on an equal basis.

Jim Bruner, Oak Harbor

 

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