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Think Tank Survey Shows Significant Opposition To Federal Internet Tax

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A conservative-leaning think tank says a majority of Ohioans are against a proposed federal internet sales tax law. But business groups say something has to change. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

The D.C.-based think tank R Street says more than 56% of Ohioans polled are against out-of-state taxation on e-commerce.  
 
Executive Director Andrew Moylan says the federal proposal known as the Marketplace Fairness Act would create an unlevel playing field.  
 
Moylan: “Where if you’re a brick-and-mortar retailer you get to use this simple easy standard of collecting based on where you’re located whereas you would be forcing online businesses to have to jump through all of these hoops to figure out tax obligations across the country.”  
 
But the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants says the current system is unfair to the brick-and-mortar retailers who continue to collect taxes. The group notes a study shows that Ohio is losing out on $200 million of sales tax revenue every year.  

 

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.