Posted: Apr 27, 2013 8:58 PM by Jacqueline Quynh - MTN News
MISSOULA - One of the unique perks about living in Montana is not having to pay a sales tax, but if you're an online shopper, that could change.
The debate is pitting politicians on the same side of the aisle against each other - and sales tax-free states against the rest of the country.
Many say it sounds like another way to make Montanans pay sales tax, and many Missoula businesses aren't sure what to expect.
The Morgenroth Music Center does business in person and online, with company president Gary Bowman calling the bill a logistical nightmare.
He added that while sometimes taxes are necessary, he wants lawmakers to reexamine the equity of the proposed bill.
"I think the average state sales tax is maybe 5½%. So, if they set a national Internet sales tax, just a flat rate at that, then dole it out to the states on a percentage of their Internet sales.
The bill is up for a final vote in the U.S. Senate on May 6, if it passes, it will then go to the U.S. House of Representatives. Sen, Max Baucus has been vocal in his opposition to the proposed levy.
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