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Competition & taxing online

The arguments in Gary J. English’s letter “Casey & taxing online” (May 30 and, while well-intentioned, miss the point of the current debate over the Marketplace Fairness Act. Thousands of Main Street businesses all across Southwestern Pennsylvania are getting slammed by an unfair tax loophole that is being exploited by online-only retailers like eBay. Simply put, because of this loophole, they get away with not collecting sales tax at the point of sale.

Pennsylvania has done all it can do to try to close this loophole by forcing online-only retailers with a physical presence in the state to collect sales tax. It is now up to our members of Congress to take the next step.

Retail businesses want to be able to complete for sales on a level playing field. We just want fairness when we try to sell the same product as our online-only competition. If a business like mine is forced to collect 6-percent sales tax (7 percent in Allegheny County), then so should my online-only competition.

We are the ones who create local jobs and support our communities. The Marketplace Fairness Act will help small business, jobs creation and Main Street.

Ruth Anderson


The writer and her husband run Delmont Sport Shop.

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