Udall supports Internet sales bill

U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., has signed onto a measure that would allow states to collect sales taxes from Internet sales.

Udall agreed to cosponsor S. 336, the Marketplace Fairness Act, which is supported by the National Retail Federation.

Currently, consumers who purchase merchandise online are required to remit sales taxes. Under the bill, the online retailers would pay those taxes, just as local stores and businesses are required to do in their respective states.

“in concept, it’s a great idea,” said Diane Schwenke, president of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce. “But the lines have blurred between brick-and-mortar and internet” businesses.

Many Grand Valley businesses have online presences as well as their storefronts, Schwenke said.

“We need to be sure we’re not inhibiting local businesses,” she said.


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