Online Shopping Plus Tax?

Point...click...and ship.

It is a 3-step process that makes it easy for your favorite items to arrive at your door step.

But new proposed legislation in Washington wants to give each state an option to tax you each time you make an on-line purchase,

Most people that shop online do it because there is no sales tax, but the recent proposed federal legislation, says not so fast.

Whether it's dot com, dot net, or dot org, we are living in a cyber world, so purchasing items online with the convenience of having it shipped directly to your home is comfortable for most consumers.

"I like to shop online because it's so much more convenient you don't have to fight the crowds you can do it in the comfort of your own home."

Americans spend more than two hundred billion dollars a year at home buying items online. Many Americans choose to let their fingers and mouse do the shopping for them, without having to pay one red cent in sales tax.

The proposed federal legislation would let each state decide if shoppers should pay a sales tax once their shopping cart is full and they proceed to checkout.

Shoppers shared mixed opinions about the proposal. Many of our viewers sounded off on our Facebook page.

Clarence Holden said "I think that it would be a bad thing. Taxes are up already and before long, there are going to be more tax increases. Enough is enough. The consumer is always the target, yet they want our vote when it is election time."

Carolyn Schildgen said "they should. It would keep shoppers in the stores and off of the internet."

That's something small businesses in the circle city agree with...

"adding an online tax, or tax with online sales, is actually going to help our small business because people for years people will come in and say hey if it order it off Amazon, I’m not going to have to pay the taxes so I can get it cheaper there."

And getting deals is something consumers like about internet shopping.

"It’s just going to make things awful because, a lot of people like to shop online because of the deals you get better deals online. It will be like going to the store and adding the regular sales tax."

So most consumers tend to choose the tax -free option just to save a few pennies.

The consumer fight is far from over. We will have to wait and see what will be decided in Washington over the next few weeks.


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