Is Sales Tax Fairness Fair?



“The threat of having an Internet sales tax will stifle online innovation for small independents.” Sean Dunn, vice president J.R. Dunn Jewelers Lighthouse Point, Fla.Compete or Get Beat: In the 1990s, when Internet businesses emerged as the competition, retail jewelers like me were scared. How could we compete with stores that didn’t have the same expenses and overhead? But we knew that we had to join the fight against this new competitor, so we adapted and innovated early on with an e-commerce website. Retail jewelers that changed their business models early on are being punished today with the proposal of repealing no Internet sales tax. In the whole fair-tax discussion, I don’t see this as being very fair.The Paper Chase: Collecting taxes in complying with state tax codes is hugely ­burdensome for independent retailers that already have an online shopping cart. The logistics
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