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Durbin: Level the Playing Field For Brick-and-Mortar Businesses

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin held a news conference at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville to talk about proposed legislation that would require Internet businesses to collect state and local sales tax.

 in Naperville was the setting for U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin's news conference Friday where he discussed the Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that would require out of state Internet businesses to collect state and local sales tax.

Anderson's is representative of the small, local brick-and-mortar businesses across the state and the country that collect sales taxes, he said, adding that their online competitors have an unfair advantage because they do not collect sales taxes, Durbin said.

Durbin said he has been working for some time with other senators from both parties to craft legislation that would effectively address the issue. Online retailer Amazon.com is on board with the legislation because it would be uniform across the country, Durbin said.

He said that small mom and pop businesses or people selling a minimum amount of goods online would be exempt, but the threshold has yet to be determined. 

The legislation would not be creating any new taxes, but merely enforcing taxes that already exist. While a brick-and-mortar business, such as Anderson's Bookshop, is required to collect taxes for fear of penalties, Internet companies have not been abiding by the same rules, Durbin said.

While he said a business like Anderson's would still have to compete for sales, at least the playing field would be more level.

It is estimated the state of Illinois loses an estimated $183 million in sales tax revenue every year because Internet retailers are not collecting the taxes, he said. 

"The Marketplace Fairness Act doesn't ask anyone to pay a single penny more in taxes,” Durbin said in a news release. “Instead, it would help governors and mayors collect taxes that are already owed."

jerri powell January 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Not to be a downer on this topic but our elected officials can not be held to insider trading ....yes i have heard that this past year....sad face on my part once again...I sincerely hope that people that took the time to educate themselves vote and the rest stay home. check out spending dirty little spending secrets website. You might have to play around with the words to get the right web link.... sorry for the sad face news....
jerri powell January 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM
They were also contributing to the idea of how naturally generous this country is with folks that sincerely need our assistance due to limitations ...truly disabled....I appreciate their compassion...
jerri powell January 16, 2012 at 11:53 PM
why not simply look for candidates that cut spending and reduce government and make people work and business can not be held to government mandates so they can expand and hire people to take care of themselves so...... fill in the blanks folks.... my 22 and 21 year old daughters figured this all out with 1 npr episode and their upbringing. They actually said simply "I understand" they will vote !! as always
Edward Andrysiak January 17, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I'm for changing the rules! I think we need to pass a "Citizens Tax Rights Law" which simply mandates that any taxes levied by any governmental organization, be it Federal, State or Local be imposed/approved only with the requirement and understanding that declaring and paying over of taxes is the taxed individuals responsibility and no individual, organization or retailer shall collect from a buyer and pass on any funds to the taxing body, any taxes deemed due. Further, no reporting other than required of the person being taxes shall be done by any individual other than the tax payer. This in keeping with our system of voulentary decleration and tax payment in this country. *****************OMG...I like the idea!!!!********************* That Mr. Durbin is what I call leveling the playing field!
Tired of Gov't January 19, 2012 at 06:38 PM
He already has. It's called the carbon tax. Every time you exhale CO2. You can avoid the tax like Clinton, just don't inhale!

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