MISSOURI--- A Missouri lawmaker says he supports a proposed federal law allowing states to tax internet purchases, but only on taxes already in place. Senator Roy Blunt says the Marketplace Fairness Act grants states the authority to compel online retailers to collect sales tax at the time of a transaction - exactly like local stores. He points out that Missouri already has a tax for online transactions, but the current tax is voluntarily. Blunt adds the Marketplace Fairness Act would allow for online collection, while also prohibiting any tax on the use of the internet.
"You do it voluntarily on your income tax form. I think, last year 300 Missourians said that they got something through the mail that they needed to pay a tax on. I think we all know it's a lot bigger number than that," said Senator Roy Blunt, Missouri.
Blunt says the change is needed to level the playing field between online and brick and mortar retailers.
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