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Many State and Local Governments Are Looking for New Ways to Tax Their Residents


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WHILE AMERICANS ARE BEING HURT BY BOTH RISING PRICES AND HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT, MANY STATE- AND LOCAL-GOVERNMENTS CONTINUE TO LOOK FOR NEW WAYS TO TAX--EVEN THOUGH SUCH MEASURES WOULD HARM LOW-INCOME POPULATIONS MOST.  THAT'S ACCORDING TO HARRY ALFORD--WHO LEADS THE NATIONAL BLACK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE...

(ALFORD):
"SOME JURISDICTIONS TAX CELL-PHONES AS IF THEY WERE LUXURY-ITEMS.  BUT, SUCH TAXES DISPROPORTIONATELY HARM FAMILIES WHO RELY ON CELL-PHONES EITHER FOR SECURITY, OR AS THEIR PRIMARY WAY TO ACCESS THE INTERNET.  ALSO, CONSUMERS CURRENTLY CAN BE CHARGED A SALES-TAX FOR A SINGLE INTERNET-PURCHASE IN THREE DIFFERENT JURISDICTIONS: WHERE THEY LIVE, WHERE THE SELLER'S LOCATED, AND WHERE THE SERVERS THAT PROCESS THE TRANSACTION ARE HOUSED.  FINALLY, MORE AND MORE LOCAL-GOVERNMENTS ARE LOOKING TO IMPOSE TAXES ON PLASTIC SHOPPING-BAGS--MOST NOTABLY, THOSE AT GROCERY-STORES.  SINCE THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE REUSE THEIR BAGS, SUCH TAXES DO LITTLE OR NOTHING TO CUT DOWN ON WASTE--AND, INSTEAD, ARE SHOULDERED THE MOST BY THOSE WHO CAN LEAST AFFORD TO PAY THEM.
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FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT W-W-W-DOT-"NATIONAL-B-C-C"-DOT-ORG.



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