With all different types of technology in front of us, it's hard to resist using it. One thing that comes to mind is shopping online since it's so easy. We all have to admit we've at least bought one thing online at some point. But for those frequent shoppers out there you may want to slow down.
This week the U.S. Senate is considering a bill that would put sales taxes on internet purchases. The bill is called the Marketplace Fairness Act and it was introduced by a senator in Wyoming just recently. It will put sales tax on online purchases, but that tax will go to the state directly no matter where the seller is located.
The name of the bill says exactly why they're considering it because it's simply a matter of being fair. One of the department spokeswomen said a person who purchases an item in a store shouldn't have to pay sales tax, while another person who buys the same item online doesn't. One local business owner said she hopes this will pass, so more people will shop locally.
"I never could understand how they could get away with not paying sales tax, but yet we had to charge our customers. So that was something that was not in our favor, but now I think we'll be on a level playing field," said Cathy Goings, Owner of Embellishments and Wicked Sisters Clothing Boutique.
A lot of people in the community didn't know this was happening, but heir first reaction was not exactly a good one. With tax season just ending, people didn't like the idea of having to pay more. After thinking about it for a little while, folks thought it would just be the same as buying something in a store without the convenience of sitting at home. One woman said she doesn't know if she'll continue shopping online because on top of the possible sales tax is shipping costs. There were other people who gave me both sides of the spectrum.
"I can see no reason why people shouldn't have to pay sales tax because they are putting an unfair competition on our local businesses," said Thomas Lee, Harrison County Resident.
"I think it will add more money to what we have to buy. I don't think many people will be happy about that. People will probably have cheaper routes to go. If it does happen then I guess it's just something we'll have to deal with," said Valeria Barnett, Harrison County Resident.
Will you be be upset if the senate passes a bill that would require sales taxes to be collected on every online purchase? If so, would you reconsider buying products online? Answer this Facebook poll online.