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Poll: Most Indiana Voters Say Online Sales Tax Is “Fair”

Simon Property Group says Indiana is hurting its retailers by not collecting online sales tax.

A statewide poll of registered Indiana voters found that 69 percent feel it is unfair for local retailers that online retailers collect no sales tax. The survey was conducted by target point consulting for Indiana Merchants for Tax Fairness.

Indiana Retail Council President Grant Monahan says 61 percent of respondents feel that the same sales tax should be required for purchases made over the Internet as for purchases made at brick and mortar stores. The state recently reached a deal with Amazon requiring them to begin charging sales tax on Internet purchases on Jan. 1, 2014.

Monahan says respondents oppose Amazon‘s current deal with the state by a 2 to 1 margin, 60 percent to 30 percent. Monahan says Indiana merchants for tax fairness will speak with legislative leaders to try to get a bill requiring Amazon and other online retailers to begin collecting and remitting sales tax this year.

A similar bill was not heard earlier in the session. The survey polled 600 Indiana registered voters and has a 4-percent margin of error.

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