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200-plus businesses urge law for online sales tax collection

More than 200 businesses have signed a letter to Pennsylvania lawmakers urging them to pass legislation that would force online retailers to collect state sales taxes the same as their brick-and-mortar counterparts, according to the Alliance for Main Street Fairness.

The signatories are mostly small retailers from around the state, but also include business associations and resort/recreational businesses such as York County ski area company Ski Roundtop Operating Corp. The full letter and list can be found here.

Finance committees in both the state House and Senate held hearings this month to gather feedback from businesses and other groups about sales taxes collection. Online retailers, such as Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. do not have to collect sales taxes if they don’t have a physical presence in a state due to a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

Jim T. Ryan

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