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Womack Seeks to Close Quill Loophole, Force Online Stores to Pay State Sales Tax

Curtis108 Wrote: Aug 07, 2012 2:50 PM
Retailers don't pay sales taxes. Customers do.

When President George H. W. Bush raised taxes in the 1990 budget deal, it not only meant breaking his “Read my lips” promise with the American people. It was also from that time forward that conservatives in Congress have opposed any and all tax increases.

But in 1990, most of the Internet did not have pictures and online retail was whatever forum was hot on CompuServe.

Now online commerce is the dominant force in retail—and while downtown or mall customers pay state sales taxes, online shoppers get off scot free.

There is now a major bill working its way through Capitol...