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Md. retailers want online merchants to charge sales tax

Maryland retailers are again pushing for the state to collect sales taxes from online merchants not based in Maryland, helping them and potentially raising hundreds of millions for the state.

Brick and mortar stores are struggling to compete with online sellers in other states; retail business interests testified in Annapolis on Wednesday in support of the Main Street Fairness Act of 2017.

“When there exists a significant savings from online purchasing, the attraction of the cost savings often outweigh the shopping experience,” Barbara Nicklas, senior general manager for the Mall in Columbia told the House Ways and Means Committee.  She said collecting the online sales tax would close the “cost disparity” between online sellers and brick and mortar stores.

Read the full article from The Maryland Reporter.

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