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11/10/2012 1:03:00 PM
Letter: Sales tax still troubles small business


As a former small business owner of 18 years, I took great interest in Amazon’s deal last week with Arizona to start charging sales tax. I know plenty of local retailers who have been struggling because they are charged sales tax while Amazon does not have to. It was a smart move. When the time comes to have a national sales tax on online sales, I hope Congress takes into consideration the tremendous difficulty it would be for small businesses to have to comply with every state’s complex tax filings. While a company like Amazon may have the resources to do it, the small shops of our local community do not. Hopefully there will be an exemption for the small local shops, because they’ve been getting the short end of the stick long enough.

Haley Forrest


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: The Thing About

The thing about small local companies selling to a national market and having to deal with all the various sale tax permutations is: Software...yup software programs automatically calculate the various taxes for you. Very common now-a-days.

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012
Article comment by: Small business Smartie!

Not gonna stop me from buying online . . .

I buy local, small business whenever I can. Never buy from national chains where the profits are sent elsewhere.

But if I can't get it locally, then I support the USPS and online retailers . . .

Maybe YOU could stop complaining and learn something? My competitors always taught me well!

Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

Frankly, all the on line marketeers have to do to overcome any negative impact on their sales to provide free shipping of their products to consumers and it will effectively override any such tax.

People shop on line because on line marketing provides variety and quallity not obtainable locally.

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