Archive for Sunday, November 5, 2000

No Internet tax

November 5, 2000


To the editor:

It seems that a lot of folks at the Kansas Department of Revenue are loosing sleep over "uncollected" tax revenue on Internet purchases (LJW, Oct. 11). I thought state and local governments levied taxes on consumer purchases as a means of being compensation for the infrastructure (road construction, street lighting) and services (police, fire) they provide in part to the business community.

The Internet shopper provides the "infrastructure" and "services" to the virtual business. Subsequently, until the state starts allowing income tax deductions for home computer equipment, software, Internet access/connection fees, and the shipping cost associated with online purchases, it should not consider taxing Internet purchases.

Gary Stussie,


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