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Spitzer Backpedals From Internet Sales Tax

From his fans at the Associated Press:

Spitzer backpedals from online sales tax plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The Spitzer administration has backed away from a plan to require many out-of-state retailers to collect sales tax from New Yorkers who buy their products online.

Paul Francis, Spitzer’s budget director, says the governor this week instructed the Department of Tax and Finance to “pull back” its interpretation that would have required some Internet retailers that do not collect sales tax in New York to do so.

The department on Sunday issued a memo saying that many companies that do online business in New York but don’t have stores in the state should collect sales taxes.

State tax officials say the idea was to “to clarify current policy.”

Francis says the governor was concerned that some might consider the memo’s directive to be a tax change rather than an interpretation of existing law

It’s funny, but the media talks about how smart Mr. Spitzer is almost as much as they do about Hillary.

“He got a perfect score on his LSAT,” they gush. And yet he manages to bollix up the simplest things.

By the way, the news about this plan to tax internet sales only came out (such as it did) on Tuesday. So at least Mr. Spitzer is getting quicker at changing course.

Still, just think of all the other things that he is pushing through that we aren’t hearing anything about.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, November 15th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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