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    Most Americans Oppose an Internet Sales Tax

    Imagine being forced to collect sales tax for a state government where your business has no presence or facing audits from a state that is thousands of miles from your home base. The Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) poses these potential threats to online businesses and other remote sellers. The act … More

    The U.S.–Russia Cybersecurity Pact: Just Paper

    The U.S. and Russia announced the completion of a joint cybersecurity agreement, two years in the making, intended to promote international peace and security and improve cyber relations between the two countries. The agreement, however, amounts to little more than a piece of paper, as such policies will scarcely improve … More

    Pro-Internet-Tax Groups Get the Facts Wrong

    A letter from a small group of four pro-Internet-tax advocacy groups sent to Members of Congress yesterday claims that The Heritage Foundation is wrong on the policy and the facts regarding the issue of Internet sales taxes. Their assertion falls short. There are several fatal problems with the bill, which … More

    Cronyism: Companies like Amazon, Craigslist Use Government to Crush Competition

    People line up to go to the Apple store, but can’t stand waiting in line at the DMV. That’s because consumers love good products and good service. Businesses tend to provide reasons for lining up, while governments simply force us to. So for years now, conservatives have rejoiced in the … More

    GUEST POST: House Advances Bill to Preserve Internet Freedom

    Recent efforts to regulate the Internet could jeopardize not only its vibrancy, but also the benefits it brings to the world. Nations from across the globe met at the December 2012 World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai to consider changes to the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITRs). The treaty negotiations … More

    Morning Bell: The Ugly Facts About the Internet Sales Tax

    The Internet sales tax passed the Senate, but a growing chorus is pointing out that it would hurt many to help the tax man. The Senate passed the misleadingly named Marketplace Fairness Act last week by a vote of 69-27. But House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said that he is … More

    Buy-partisan: MSNBC Features Heritage Internet Sales Tax Video

    MSNBC’s Chris Hayes showcased The Heritage Foundation’s recent video featuring two Democratic Senators–Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Max Baucus (D-MT)–pointing out the significant problems with the Internet sales tax measure known as the Marketplace Fairness Act. It’s not often that a measure has, as Hayes put it, “jumbled political alliances”: And … More

    Internet Sales Tax Hits Fastest-Growing Industries

    The Marketplace Fairness Act, also known as the Internet sales tax, would burden the fastest-growing industries in the United States with a tidal wave of new regulations, which is bad news for American consumers and entrepreneurs. It would slam these businesses with regulations because it would allow states to require … More

    Morning Bell: Remember the Economy? It's Still Bad

    According to a poll earlier this year, voters have a higher opinion of cockroaches than Congressmen. President Obama’s personal popularity remains solid, but his job approval rating is going down. Why are our elected officials unpopular? It might just be because they are not listening. In poll after poll, the … More

    Internet Sales Tax: Your Online Shopping Could Cost More

    Think buying your favorite products online is a good deal? You could face higher costs for online shopping if Congress approves a new sales tax bill that is making its way through the Senate. The bill, dubbed the Marketplace Fairness Act, would allow states to force out-of-state retailers to collect … More