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Internet Shoppers To Pay Sales Tax


SALISBURY, Md.- That juicer you've been eying on for $99 might soon include an extra fee for sales tax.

Some lawmakers are shopping for new ways to build state and local revenue, and Internet sales tax is on their wish list.

If you're spending money online, you're now just a couple of clicks closer to paying sales taxes on every online purchase.

"It's definitely going to deter me from buying more stuff online because when I personally buy online, I buy a lot," said David Sage, of Salisbury. "The prices are more which means the taxes are going to be more."

This bill would put small business directly against large companies. Fashions for Less employee Wahlia Walker says that's not fair.

"We do fairly well for a small business but it is not anything we can compare to like Target," said Walker, of Salisbury. "Target may be able to pay their taxes easily but us it might be a little bit more difficult."

Any online store that makes more than one million dollars annually in online sales would have to send taxes back to the states where their goods are delivered.

"I would still go online if it was a small tax," said Dee Roberts, of Salisbury. " I think I would still go online but I would kinda take a pause and see if it worth getting online or going to the store to get it."

In a time when states and towns are struggling to make ends meet, this bill would mean extra revenue to make up for federal dollars lost to sequester cuts.

Walkers said enforcing this bill will be a problem.

"I just don't see that being logical and actually happening," said Walker.

Lawmakers will meet for a final vote on this bill after their weeklong vacation.

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