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Should Rhode Island be collecting state sales tax on all online transactions?

Yes, online retailers enjoy an unfair advantage on their brick-and-mortar competitors 36% | 53 votes
No, the lack of online sales tax is a boon to consumers and spur to the economy 45% | 67 votes
No, small online retailers do not have the infrastructure to collect the tax easily 18% | 26 votes
I don't know 1% | 2 votes
Posted 10/7/12

Massachusetts State Treasurer Steve Grossman recently said that the Bay State could see a $339 million windfall by collecting state sales tax on online transactions, according to the Statehouse News Service.

He said that collecting the tax from online retailers was a matter of fairness, noting that Main street retailers were at a disadvantage when compared to online sellers, including Amazon.com, that are not required to collect the tax unless they have physical operations (what is termed a nexus) in a given state.

There is talk in Washington, D.C., of passing a law that would require all online transactions to be taxed as those performed made offline.

Do you think Rhode Island should be collecting sales tax on online transactions?

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