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Kentuckians Overwhelmingly Support Closing The Online Sales Tax Loophole

November 12, 2015

WASHINGTON, November 12, 2015 — Today the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released the results of a Kentucky-specific poll that shows that roughly seven in ten Kentucky voters support federal legislation that requires online-only sellers to collect sales tax at the time of purchase.

Kentuckians of all ages, from different walks of life and across the political spectrum overwhelmingly agree that leveling the playing field to support the shopping center industry in its essential role as stewards of economic development and prosperity for their local communities is of paramount importance,” said Tom McGee, president and CEO of ICSC. “The findings show that a significant majority of Kentuckians support federal legislation and with precious few legislative days left in 2015, it is time for Congress to make efairness a reality this year.”

The poll also found that the current system, which requires brick-and-mortar retailers to collect sales tax and allows online-only sellers to avoid this responsibility, is seen as inherently unfair; providing a significant competitive advantage to out-of-state merchants over local businesses.

The poll identified a number of key findings, including:

  • 71% of registered voters in Kentucky support federal legislation that would require online-only sellers to collect sales tax at the time of purchase;
  • 85% of registered voters in Kentucky think it would be easier to collect sales tax from online-only sellers at the time of purchase;
  • 91% of registered voters in Kentucky say local retailers are important to their community’s economic health.

“It is abundantly clear that when Kentuckians understand their current tax liability for online purchases they overwhelmingly support federal legislation that streamlines and simplifies the sales tax collection process,” said Betsy Laird, senior vice president of Global Public Policy for ICSC.

ICSC has promoted efairness for more than a decade, advocating that a “sale is a sale” regardless of whether the purchase takes place on Main Street, at shopping centers, or over the Internet. For more information about efairness and how the current sales tax system is unable to support the 21st century retail marketplace, please visit

About ICSC
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more
than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers,
managers, investors, retailers, brokers, academics, and public officials. The shopping center
industry is essential to economic development and opportunity. They are a significant job
creator, driver of GDP, and critical revenue source for the communities they serve through the
collection of sales taxes and the payment of property taxes. These taxes fund important
municipal services like firefighters, police officers, school services, and infrastructure like
roadways and parks. Shopping centers aren’t only fiscal engines however; they are integral to
the social fabric of their communities by providing a central place to congregate with friends and
family, discuss community matters, and participate in and encourage philanthropic endeavors.
For more information about ICSC visit and for the latest news from ICSC and the
industry go to

About the Survey
Opinion Research Corporation (ORC) conducted a survey among two national probability
samples, which, when combined, consists of 243 adults, 120 men and 123 women 18 years of
age and older, living in the continental United States. Interviewing for this CARAVAN® Survey
was completed on September 10-15, 2015. 114 interviews were from the landline sample and
129 interviews from the cell phone sample