Jonathan Oberman, a professor who trains public defenders at Cardozo Law School, also scoffs at Vance’s reasoning. “There are conflicting stories from a witness?” he says. “Okay — then just apply the same standard to poor and low-income people and let them derive the same benefit.”
Professor Ed Zelinsky was quoted in the Standard-Examiner on the issue of state sales tax. President Donald Trump recently attacked online retailer Amazon.com for paying “little or no taxes” to state and local governments, and called for changes in current laws to require retailers to collect sales tax in every state. 45 states, as well as the District of Columbia, require sales tax. The Trump Organization's online store, collects sales tax only on orders shipped to Florida, Louisiana and Virginia.
“This, to me, illustrates why [the current laws] are wrong,” Zelinksy said. “There is absolutely no reason that Amazon and the Trump Organization and other international sellers shouldn’t be collecting taxes in all states in which they sell.”
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