As we discussed last year, the fairness of Internet-only firms not collecting sales tax remains a hot topic. Both bricks-and-clicks firms and retailers not doing business online are at a significant price disadvantage.
That is why store retailers are still pushing for passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act. And the National Retail Federation is leading those efforts.
Consider these comments from one small retailer: According to Bruce Pieratt, owner and CEO of Pieratt’s Appliances, Television, Bedding and Furniture, his store is at a “six percent [tax] disadvantage to Internet sellers who don’t have a brick-and-mortar presence.” He was alluding to the fact that an online retailer does not have to collect sales tax in a state where it does not have a physical presence.