Internet Sales Tax Push Killed by County Board

Among the proposals in the McHenry County Board’s Legislative Priorities was support for a tax on internet sales:

4) Support County Authority to Collect Existing Sales Tax

McHenry County supports legislation to permit the collection of existing sales and use taxes from remote sellers.

The issue of taxing remote sales has compounded in recent years due to the extraordinary development of the Internet as a retail marketplace.

As a result, state and local governments have lost billions in uncollected sales taxes and Main Street businesses find themselves at a significant competitive disadvantage to various online sellers.

The same sales tax rules should apply to Internet and mail order sales.

McHenry County Blog flagged the proposal Sunday afternoon.

The County Board removed the tax hike support from its Legislative Priorities on Tuesday Night on a 13-9 vote.

Chuck Wheeler

Chuck Wheeler in a committee meeting.

Those voting to kill the proposal were

  • Yvonne Barnes
  • Diane Evertsen
  • Andrew Gasser
  • John Hammerand
  • Don Kopsell
  • Anna May Miller
  • Michael Rein
  • Carolyn Schofield
  • Michael Skala
  • Larry Smith
  • Michael Walkup
  • Charles Wheeler
  • Joe Gottemoller (voting last)

Voting to urge Congress to pass a tax on internet sales were

  • Sue Draffkorn
  • Jim Heisler
  • Tina Hill
  • John Jung
  • Donna Kurtz
  • Bob Martens
  • Mary McCann
  • Robert Nowak
  • Jeff Thorsen

Michele Aavang and Nick Provenzano were absent.

Chuck Wheeler made the motion.  Jeff Thorsen seconded it.


Internet Sales Tax Push Killed by County Board — 9 Comments

  1. Sue Draffkorn
    Jim Heisler
    Tina Hill
    John Jung
    Donna Kurtz
    Bob Martens
    Mary McCann
    Robert Nowak
    Jeff Thorsen

    Let’s watch for the impact on election results!

  2. I guess we know know who the Democrats are on our supposedly Republican county board

  3. Maybe a vote to get rid of sales tax for at least unincorporated businesses would be a good idea, leveling the playing field.

    Maybe a slight reduction in property tax to level the playing field if sales tax can’t be changed.

  4. Ana May Miller requested to change her vote to “how the majority voted” after the meeting had moved onto another agenda item.

    Miller did not even know/remember how she voted, just that she wanted to change her vote to the majority.

    If you listen to the audio, it is quite comical to hear how clueless she really is.

  5. We, the voters, WILL REMEMBER these Chicago Democrat wanna bees
    come time for their reelection.

    Revenge is a dish best served cold.

  6. Jeff Thorsen should just remove himself. Just can’t believe he is on the board.

  7. Taxing internet sales of out of state businesses is something the Illinois General Assembly cannot do.

    It would take an act of Congress.

  8. Businesses are taxed on sales by a municipality and county based upon the theory that in order to conduct their business they use a disproportionate amount of services offered by the local municipality or county, whether it be roads, police, fire protection or the like.

    Of course this argument fails when people are doing business on-line with remote businesses who do not rely on municipal or county services.

    Like the unlawful levies assessed for Valley Hi (40 Million Dollars) County Board has found another way to squeeze the defenseless through their compulsory taxing powers.

    I wish this Board would spend as much time trying to figure a way to reduce cost and scope of McHenry County government as they do finding ways of financially exploiting the private sector.

    Then again, #29 did not happen by chance but was earned through these “Republicans”.

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