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(Toledo News Now) -
U.S. Senate is taking up debate on a measure to require major online retailers
to collect state sales taxes.
called the Marketplace
Fairness Act, and the current bill calls for online sellers with more than
$1 million in annual out-of-state sales to collect state sales taxes.
Brown says competition from online retailers has impacted her business, the
Paula Brown Shop, and she counters that competition by rolling out the red
carpet for people coming into her store, knowing they can go home and shop
online for the same products without paying state sales taxes.
day it affects our business," Brown said. "When they come here we have to make
our store really, really special."
to a report from the National Conference of State Legislatures, in 2012, states
lost more than $23 billion in tax revenue due to online sales. Lucas County
Commissioner Tina Skeldon Wozniak says besides helping to restore local
government funding, she believes the measure has the potential to create jobs
at the local level.
is probably one of the biggest things we can do to help the local economy is to
create an opportunity for local business to have us feel going into their doors
is extremely beneficial, because the sales tax playing field is even," she
Pete Gerken agrees.
stopped by Titgemeier's yesterday looking for bird food and mousetraps, stuff
you need every day. You can get that online, but the guy that's been in
business on South Avenue for 75 years loses."
have argued the measure would create a massive burden for companies to meet tax
laws in various states.
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