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Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania: Cancel the decision for taxing the online purchases.

Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania: Cancel the decision for taxing the online purchases.

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Kostaq C.
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Edi Rama, Prime Minister of Albania
The government of Albania adopted a decision which decreased by 7 times the limit of taxation for online purchases from 150 Euro at just 22 Euro.

This means that for every purchase above this limit, the citizens will now have to pay a minimum tax of 22.4 percent VAT, as the value added tax and customs duty.

If the economy is to get stronger, charging consumers more when they're already struggling to afford goods and services is not a wise move.

This time, the brilliant idea is taxing Internet sales. Oh, I know we've been down this road before, but this time there appears to be some traction.

Before I explore why an Internet sales tax is such a bad idea for our current times, I'll quickly summarize the reasons some factions are arguing in favor of an Internet sales tax.

Here goes: "Waaaaah! It's not fair!"

Okay, perhaps that's an over-simplification. There are two vectors to this discussion. The first is that traditional retailers have to charge sales tax, so they are effectively at a price disadvantage to online retailers. In order to level the playing field and give moribund brick and mortar stores a chance to live, we need to tax the upstarts.

The second vector is the actual truth though: The country needs a new source of revenue and the Government and our phony incompetent Finance Minister doesn't want it to come from the budget.So let's add a new Internet sales tax, and voila! More money for the government and nothing out of the budget.

A great number of people buy online, and by increasing their costs, tax revenue won't go up nearly as much as sales will go down.

Here's how the economists look at it: Sales tax revenue is just one component of the overall economy; everything is interconnected. If sales tax income goes up, but overall tax income goes down because (a) people are spending less, (b) companies go out of business, (c) fewer companies start up, and (d) people lose their jobs, the net tax income will actually be less.

And that's just what will happen if we get an Internet sales tax. It will result in further damaging our economy while also causing the loss of jobs while also causing the government to collect less revenue, not more.

If the economy is to get stronger, charging consumers more when they're already struggling to afford goods and services is not a wise move.