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MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Retailers in Michigan are joining with some State House Republicans in Lansing, to take another stab at requiring out-of-state, online retailers like Amazon to start collecting sales taxes on items they sell to Michigan residents.
Similar efforts in earlier years have gained a certain amount of momentum, but failed to reach final approval in the legislature. Supporters of the new legislation note that during the recent holiday shopping season, online sales rose 11 percent in the U.S., compared to a three percent increase in sales at regular ‘brick and mortar’ retailers in the state.
They say those ‘brick and mortar’ retailers in Michigan can’t compete with retailers who don’t have to charge a sales tax. The proposed bills will be heard in a legislative committee soon.
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