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Proponents say Internet sales tax would level playing field

Proponents say Internet sales tax would level playing field

January 17th, 2012 in News

Dan Eiken of Samco, an office and business supply store in Jefferson City, talks with a customer. Eiken is a proponent of a sales tax on Internet sales.

Photo by Julie Smith

Like many Jefferson City area businesses, Samco Business Products supports the local community through both taxes and through donations to local charities.

But not only do his biggest online competitors not support the community, they also don't collect the 7.75 percent sales tax that Samco does.

"How absurd is that?" owner Dan Eiken asked. "I just don't understand that. We invest in the community and state, and we're at a disadvantage."

Requiring online vendors to pay state and local sales taxes "seems like a no-brainer to me," he said.

Lawmakers supporting an online sales tax will make another push at the Missouri Capitol this session.

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