Case for Fairness

Case for Fairness

In today's marketplace, we have many choices of where and how we shop, and the blending of traditional and online marketplaces is inevitable. But one thing has not changed-when payment is rendered in exchange for goods, a sale has occurred. For those states with a sales tax, all of these purchases are currently subject to a tax, regardless of if they happen online, on a smartphone or at a cash register. However, when online-only retailers do not collect the sales tax, the responsibility falls to consumers to report it to their state department of revenue, something that a majority of online shoppers fail to do. Meanwhile, local retailers that are legally required to collect the sales tax are placed at a significant price disadvantage to their online counterparts.

It is time to restore a level playing field for local retailers and remove this unnecessary tax burden from consumers. Regardless of where or how you buy a product, a sale is a sale and the tax is due. The same rules that apply to local businesses in our communities should apply to online retailers.