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Posted: Thursday, 02 May 2013 1:40PM

Lawmakers In Lansing Considering Requiring Online Sales Tax

Right now, there are plenty of websites where you can purchase goods and not have to pay Michigan's 6% sales tax. Retailers are wanting that to change, and the Michigan Retailers Association is pushing state lawmakers to enact a law that requires all goods sold to someone in Michigan to be subject to the tax. Tom Scott is the association's spokesman and says it's about creating a level playing field.


Scott says allowing some companies to avoid collecting Michigan sales tax hurts stores by reducing their ability to hire more workers as they lose business to Internet-based stores. The conservative Mackinac Center for Public Policy counters, saying online retailers would pass on not only the sales tax but additional processing costs if the bill passes. They add it also raises constitutional questions about interstate online sales taxes.


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