U.S. Senate endorses sales taxes for online purchases

  • Article by: Jim Spencer , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 23, 2013 - 7:21 AM

The Senate chose sides in a battle that pits big online-only sellers against bricks-and-mortar retailers and state revenue departments.

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groover6Mar. 22, 13 8:45 PM

The Dems - true to form - are drooling for more taxes. Who cares if the poor will be paying more in taxes. They want the money from the rich and POOR!

wallyworldmnMar. 22, 13 9:01 PM

I don't like taxes, but I don't like unfair advantage for businesses that invest nothing in our state. This question is not about party lines, it's about level playing field. I can't stand being in favor of anything that involves taxes but fairness for small business is a compelling argument. Almost a no-win for consumers.

pinelakelindMar. 22, 13 9:56 PM

This will help local business. Fairness is what it is about! Thanks to our Senators!

unionsrockMar. 22, 1310:51 PM

Sounds reasonable.

bearclaw500Mar. 22, 1311:03 PM

@ wallyworldmn. "I don't like taxes, but I don't like unfair advantage for businesses that invest nothing in our state.".... I didn't know a business had an obligation to invest in a state. What happened to providing the consumer with a good or service at a competitive price, and making money doing it?

tlongtermMar. 22, 1311:40 PM

About time and every state should impose sales tax on internet purchases. People have changed their purchasing habits to online and these retailers should not get an advantage over bricks and mortar. Bricks and mortar should be supported, think if we only had online purchasing, look at the jobs lost, convenience gone etc.

thisisinsaneMar. 23, 1312:16 AM

"The bill exempts firms with less than $1 million in out-of-state sales."^^^^^^This will cover the small online sellers. However, for those of you thinking this bill is the cure-all to get people back to exclusively shopping at bricks and mortar stores....you're very wrong. Tax or no sales tax, Amazon is here to stay. People like shopping from the comfort of home if they can get a better price. There is no going back. I bought a number of things on Amazon tonight that are waaaaaayy less expensive than I could buy in a store in the Twin Cities. For instance, I bought a two-pack of fridge filters for less than I can buy one at the B & M applicance store. Free shipping too. Tell me again why I should spend twice as much and waste time and very expensive gas money when I can buy online???

wallyworldmnMar. 23, 1312:25 AM

@bearclaw500." I didn't know a business had an obligation to invest in a state." If they want to make money here, what's wrong with investing here?? Again, I hate the idea of the additional taxes but I absolutely support a level playing field for our local companies and businesses. Try competing with one arm tied behind your back and then tell everyone how fair that is..

schmuckMar. 23, 1312:26 AM

Tax, tax, tax, tax and more tax. Those poor big box stores don't stand a chance against a mom & pop?

sullytoolMar. 23, 1312:29 AM

Just what we need, another tax. Why does the government continue to blame the public for their spending addictions. Lets just tax everyone into the ground again, so they quit spending their money on the goods these retailers are trying to sell, and drive the economy right back into recession. Yeah, that's a great idea. We are already taxed to death as it is, enough is enough!


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