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Main Street vs. online

I agree with the Pennsylvania Alliance for Main Street Fairness stance about collecting online sales tax in the news story “Pa. Sales tax for online purchases fails to click” (June 17 and TribLIVE.com).

The burden for collecting and remitting this state tax should fall on the merchant, not the customer.

Gov. Corbett has made the right decision by forcing all online-only retailers to collect and remit sales tax by Sept. 1 of this year.

If Main Street retailers in Pennsylvania have to collect and remit state sales tax, so should their online-only competition. It’s only fair.

Now, Congress needs to act to ensure there are no questions about a state collecting sales tax from all online-only retailers.

Sen. Pat Toomey has been a champion of small business. He’s a former small-business owner himself. He should co-sponsor and support the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate and allow this issue of collecting and remitting sales tax to become a state issue.

The federal government should not be in the process of picking winners and losers between the Amazons of the world and a Main Street appliance shop. Let’s level the playing field and let the best business win.

Ruth Anderson

Delmont

The writer and her husband run Delmont Sport Shop.


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