Should all online sales be taxed?

While transactions with large companies that have distribution centers in New York State are subject to sales tax, other online sales are not.  A proposed federal law would require that all online transactions be taxed. This would “even the playing field” according to its supporters, which include groups representing small businesses.

“A sale is a sale, no matter where it takes place," says David B. Henry, chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centers. "By not having to collect sales tax, online retailers have a distinct competitive advantage over their local retail counterparts."

Some local businesspeople agreed.

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