Once again The Herald is jumping to conclusions in its March 31 editorial, Collect online sales tax, before really looking into the issue. These taxes are promoted mainly by big businesses as a way to fight off smaller ones. Wal-Mart is a big sponsor whereas eBay, which is for small mom and pop stores, is not. The percentage of retail sales generated online is small. At last count it was less than 5 percent of the overall sector.
The only sector in the economy which is showing growth in the last five years is e-commerce and if you start taxing it, you will get less of it.
The government is never satisfied. The United States is getting more taxes from the rich, yet we have more spending and more debt. The issue is not more taxes; the issue is lack of financial discipline.
Jaime Basagoitia, Miami