Letter: Internet shoppers should pay sales tax

May 5, 2013 

When buying an item via mail order or Internet, purchasers should pay the sales tax for the state in which the brick-and-mortar merchant or shipping location is sited just as if they were physically in that state.

This principal simplifies the collection of the sales tax and helps pay for the infrastructure that that state provided and which allows businesses to operate.

For states that have no sales tax, two solutions are possible: pay either the resident's state sales tax if there is one or create a federal sales tax.

Boyce Burdick, Richland

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