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Thu, Dec. 05

Letter: Big-box stores push online sales tax


The editorial on the Arizona GOP proposal to use online sales tax revenues to cut state income taxes (Feb. 11) misses an important point: The "Marketplace Fairness Act" on which this proposal hinges is a complete misnomer. It's designed to trick Americans into thinking that allowing states and municipalities to collect sales taxes on online purchases protects "small businesses." In reality, the bill is being pushed by Walmart and other big-box stores to protect them from competition from Amazon and other online merchants.

What's more, local stores aren't being disadvantaged by online sellers. They have a significant advantage because, unlike shopping online, you can see, feel, try out and try on merchandise, get expert help from salespeople, and walk out with your purchase the same day, without paying shipping charges.

The Internet is the greatest stimulus of global commerce and entrepreneurship in history. Let's not throttle it by making the big bigger, and the rich richer.

William S. Weiss


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