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ATLANTA – A new report says Georgia is missing out on hundreds of millions of dollars in sales tax revenue because of a loophole that allows online retailers to skirt a new state law.

As of this year, online retailers are required to collect the tax in Georgia, but the report from the Faith, Justice and Truth Project found that so-called “marketplace facilitators” – or online sites that connect consumers with a seller's products and services – are hosting tax-free transactions that should be generating revenue for state and local governments.


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Rev. Billy Honor introduces the report

The Faith, Justice and Truth Project (FJTP), a recently formed organization that looks to “promote economic justice and popular education among Georgia’s communities and people of faith,” held a press conference at the State Capitol Tuesday to introduce its report on a tax loophole that costs Georgia hundreds of millions of dollars annually.


Titled Georgia Sales Tax Erosion: Big Retailers Are Not Paying Their Fair Share, the 60-page report breaks down the loss of revenue from e-commerce companies failing to collect sales tax from third party vendors.  It estimates that Georgia is missing out on nearly $750 million worth of sales tax revenue annually, money that activists and legislators on both sides of the aisle agree that local governments desperately need.


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Big online retailers including Etsy and Walmart.com aren't paying their fair share of state sales taxes in Georgia, a report released Tuesday charges.


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