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

scott s. Wrote: Aug 07, 2012 5:54 PM
For me, buying from online sources is mostly a matter of availability, not cost. So forcing online companies to charge a use tax will do nothing for the local "brick and mortar" business. Having to charge the tax would probably help the big boys like Amazon relative to small sellers (and how bout flea-Bay?).

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...