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Problems with the Internet Tax

Various politicians and the United Nations have proposed an Internet tax. One proposal would be to tax both outgoing e-mails and every Web page that is downloaded. What would be the problems with such taxation for (a) individuals, (b) students, (c) online companies, (d) entrepreneurship/small businesses? Who should get the tax money and why should they be allowed to collect it since we have gone this long with no tax at all?

Please provide references.

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Let me give you a broad overview of the issue as it relates to individuals and businesses. My ideas here can be easily applied to any of the categories you mention.

Remember, I cannot do this assignment for you. I can only guide you to some resources and general ideas that will help you organize your thoughts.

Problems with the Internet Tax

Excellent article:
States' Problems with the Internet Tax Freedom Act (http://www.taxadmin.org/fta/meet/04am_pres/tomalis.pdf)

From Senate Testimony: http://www.jct.gov/x-64-01.pdf (Senate Joint Committee on Taxation). This is probably the most comprehensive treatment of the issue.

Also, from the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/journals/njtip/v2/n2/4/

Here's another good one: http://www.powerhomebiz.com/vol4/internet-taxation.htm

Look at this Cato Institute Paper: http://www.freetrade.org/pubs/articles/al-11-23-98.html and http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=5664

Taxes on emails, Here are a few ideas: it would be regressive (hitting ...

Solution Summary

This solution verifies who should get the tax money and why should one be allowed to collect it since we have gone this long with no tax at all in the case. References are also infused to validate the findings.

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