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Update on the Collecting of Internet Sales Tax

I do not know if you have been keeping track on the Internet Sales Tax Bill. The Senate version of the bill passed and the House is set to deliberate on the Senate’s version or seek to propose a House version. The House is gathering information as well as people’s opinions. As the Senate version stands, our business should not be affected because of two provisions: an internet business must charge sales tax if the business earns more than 1 million dollars or has a brick & mortar location in the state where the sale is being generated.

As a result of another topic concern I sent Representative Mulvaney, I received a call from his office. After discussing the other topic, I asked the aid if I could discuss the Internet Sales Tax issue. I was able to have a good discussion with his aid. First of all, I want to be clear, this is not a new tax. This is a bill that would require businesses to charge internet customers the sales tax that would have been collected if that sale actually occurred in person at a physical location (brick & mortar location). After he made sure I understood that point, I was able to discuss with him the many concerns I still had even though, according to the current version of the proposed bill, my business would not be affected. He was very interested with my concerns and stated he would pass them on.

I would encourage you to call or write your state House Representative and voice your opinion. Even though this is not a NEW tax, it will increase your bill because most internet sales do not add sales tax to the total.

I hope we have been clear with our facts.

As always, we seek to serve you in the best possible manner: “Offering a ‘cup of water’ to serve your needs”.

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