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Poll Suggests Majority of Ohioans Oppose Internet Sales Tax, Group Says

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A national conservative-leaning think tank says a majority of Ohioans are against a proposed federal internet sales tax law. But as Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow explains, business groups say something has to change.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm

The D.C.-based think tank R Street says more than 56 percent 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 uneven playing field.

“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.

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