An Open Letter to Our Texas Delegation in the House
May 7, 2013
Honorable Ralph M. Hall
2405 Rayburn H.O.B.
Washington, DC 20515-0001
Regardless how you look at it, it’s a tax bill and I see three enormous problems.
- This bill, if passed, will place enormous costs on businesses doing business on-line, thereby effectively killing internet commerce for small businesses.
- State sales tax is not the purview of the federal government and this bill opens the door to collection of sales taxes by the IRS. Do we either want or need further expansion of federal government?
- It’s unconstitutional, according to the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 7 that states:
All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.
This bill ORIGINATED in the Senate and is, therefore, unconstitutional.
Very large enterprises that do substantial on-line sales, companies like Amazon.com and Walmart, want this bill passed to eliminate competition by small companies. J.P. Morgan would agree: this bill eliminates “harmful competition”. When did competition become harmful?
Congressman Hall, I ask you to oppose the Internet Tax Bill and I ask you to encourage all of our Texas Delegation in the House to oppose the Internet Tax Bill.
I remind you and your fellow Texans that such a tax was ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1992 ruling on Quill Corp. v. North Dakota.
Rockwall County TEA Party