If some leaders in Tennessee had their way, individuals conducting business online who have no physical presence or storefront in our state would be subjected to harsh regulations and increased taxes. The people of Tennessee would be paying for these increased taxes as a result. That being said, you might not be surprised that these same leaders who support the increase in taxes include our current sitting U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, who co-sponsored S.B. 743, as well as State Representative vying for his seat, Joe Carr, has said he favors the tax being “revenue-neutral” (TN Report, May 20, 2013), which is a fancy term for supporting the internet sales tax if taxes are cut or shifted around somewhere else.
“Unlike these men, I would not and will not ever support such a measure as it is a tax increase, plain and simple. Tennesseans and small businesses owners deserve better. Increasing taxes on hard working individuals who are constantly striving to make ends meet is not the answer. Rather than our State creating revenue by taxing small business owners and individuals, they should roll-up their sleeves and start cutting the budget,” said Dr. George Flinn.
“Contrary to what some say, the internet sales tax has nothing to do with states’ rights. It actually has quite the opposite affect. In states such as Oregon where they choose not to collect a sales tax, this bill would require them to collect a sales tax, despite the fact their doesn’t collect one, in essence stripping them of their sovereignty. It’s essentially a federal mandate,” said Dr. Flinn.
“This is a hardship on individuals who desperately want to make a better life for themselves by working hard and contributing to the economy. I have seen first hand what individuals with creativity, ingenuity, and the drive to succeed can do. The internet provides many people with the correct forum to create successful businesses, jobs, and help grow the local economy. We should be encouraging growth, not crushing the economy with harsh regulations and increased taxes,” said Dr. Flinn.