As a frequent shopper on Amazon.com, this potential legislation will affect me quite a bit and I am conflicted. I would have no problems with paying a sales tax on my purchases. I personally use Amazon because of its ease and convenience and not because I don’t have to pay sales tax.
At first glance I think this legislation would make complete sense. Dan Marshall, the owner of Marshal Music makes a very compelling case; “Matching or beating the price of a competitor—regardless of whether it is a bricks-and-mortar store or an online shop—is part of retail. Always has been and always will be. But what I cannot do is tell the customer that I do not have to charge them the state sales tax. In fact, if I did that, I’d find myself audited, fined and potentially thrown in jail.””
Though the chairman and CEO of Overstock.com, Patrick Byrne believes that the “Passage of such legislation would curtail the emergence of the next innovative e-commerce company and poison the Internet’s fertile ground for growth and innovation” it appears that it is unfair competition to let online retailers avoid charging for tax, and I also would not want to stifle any innovation that would be beneficial for consumers overall as well. I am not exactly sure what would be best.