The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Luke Kenley, is calling for the application of Indiana's 7% sales tax on all Internet purchases.
Such a call for taxation may not have come at the best of times for Hoosier consumers entering the Christmas season when purchases of gifts through online sellers like Amazon are on the rise. In these difficult economic times finding the best price possible has made the Internet a valuable tool for thrifty shoppers.
From Senator Kenley's perspective, Internet sales, which are not taxed, place "brick and mortar" stores at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace. Consumers may counter this claim with the point that shipping costs on the Internet often bring the price point much closer to the local Target or Wal-mart than the Senator implies. Merchant groups are already airing radio ads calling upon the 2012 legislature to fix this "inequity" through taxing the Internet with our state sales tax.
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