The Associated Press

Mass. Treasurer Seeks New Online Tax Policy

BOSTON — State Treasurer Steven Grossman is urging Congress to pass a law allowing states to apply sales taxes to all Internet retail sales.

Grossman sent a letter on Tuesday to U.S. Sen. Max Baucus saying it was time to “level the playing field,” by having a consistent policy on taxes. He said “brick and mortar” stores that create local jobs should not be at a competitive disadvantage to out-of-state, online retailers.

Baucus, a Montana Democrat, chairs the Senate Finance Committee.

Under current rules, an online retailer is only required to charge a sales tax if it has a physical presence — such as a store or warehouse — in the consumer’s state.

Grossman cites a recent independent study showing that with a uniform Internet sales tax, Massachusetts could have collected $387 million in additional revenue last year.

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  • mvbirdie

    Another tax!  I do know the bricks and mortar stores want this to happen — but think, please, of the consumers who use this as a last resort when money is tight. Not everyone can afford to walk into a store and pay for an item and tax.  Seems to me we have enough taxing.   

    • penny pincher

      Sales tax is generally less than shipping.

  • NamePick

    I want uniform taxation.  The free ride for internet sellers needs to end.  It has gone on way too long.

    Humor: The news from Mars is that the rover has uncovered an underground bunker — no tax will be charged but shipping is a little high.

  • bells201

    Looks like more people will head North to New Hampshire to do their Christmas shopping next year

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