Should Items Bought Online be Subject to Sales Tax?

As more and more people turn to the Internet to do their shopping, the State of Minnesota is gaining nothing in sales tax. Is this right?

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When the nonpartisan House Public Information Services (HPIS) conducted its 2012 opinion poll during the State Fair, more than 9,000 people participated.

Among the issues considered was that of collecting sales tax on products purchased over the Internet.

The State of Minnesota would traditionally collect millions of dollars in annual sales tax on items like books, movies and music, but on the Internet, these things are not subject to taxes.

Is this fair? Forty-seven percent of Minnesotans polled said 'no'.

As the 2012-13 holiday season approaches, more people than ever are purchasing gifts, products and services online. 

According to the HPIS poll, more than 4,200 people agreed that items bought over the Internet should be subject to sales tax. Conversely, 4,006 people (44.6 percent) disagreed. 

So where do you stand? Should items bought online be subject to state sales tax?  

George Singer November 17, 2012 at 04:51 PM
They should figure out how to spend the money they already take in responsibly instead of trying to find new things to tax.


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