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Fri., April 26, 2013, 9:35 a.m.

Trib Cheers Cyber Sales Tax Prospect

In his weekly Cheers & Jeers column, opinionator Marty Trillhaase of the Lewiston Tribune offers cheers to ...

Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, both R-Idaho. With their support, the Senate Monday voted 74-to-20 to consider enabling states to collect sales taxes due on transactions made over the Internet. That's a break in a logjam that has bedeviled Idaho, Washington and any state that imposes a sales tax. Idaho loses $35 million a year. For Washington, at least $184 million goes unpaid. As the share of the economy conducted online continues to expand, those numbers can only rise. It's hardly fair to the brick-and-mortar retailers who invest and hire locally. Collecting the sales tax makes their goods more expensive than the products their online competitors offer tax-free. Full Cheers & Jeers column here.

Question: So are you happy that Internet sales may soon be taxed?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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