South Carolina Internet tax exemption on Amazon expires at end of year, AFP sees problems ahead

This past Cyber Monday might be the last such Monday where South Carolina consumers can benefit from no taxes on Amazon goods since the tax-free exemption agreement between Amazon and South Carolina ends on December 31.


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This past Cyber Monday might be the last such Monday where South Carolina consumers can benefit from no taxes on Amazon goods since the tax-free exemption agreement between Amazon and South Carolina ends on December 31.

Recently, Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has been combatting Internet tax proposals circulating through Congress on a larger scale, so it is no surprise that South Carolina’s AFP is not happy with this upcoming change.

Between South Carolina residents overpaying $1.2 billion in state taxes and the gas tax hike, this is just another “smack in the face” of the people, David Schwartz, AFP State Director, told Palmetto Business Weekly.

This upcoming expiration of tax exemption “feeds into the environment we are already in,” Schwartz said, which is an environment of “corruption where government cronyism benefits at the people’s expense.”

The government "is already charging us too much and we aren’t getting any of it back,” Schwartz said. “Working folks pay these taxes and it hurts the economy.”

The state is about to get much more tax revenue from the people paying sales tax on Amazon goods, but there is little reason to have faith that the people will ever enjoy the benefits of that revenue based on past and present experience, Schwartz said.

The only way the people can benefit from this possible revenue is if the state government “starts spending money more efficiently.” Schwartz said.

Americans for Prosperity is a grassroots movement of over 2.3 million activists, nation-wide, who advocate and promote limited government, lower taxes, and more freedom. There are over 17,000 activists across the state of South Carolina.

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