Georgia Recorder: Online sales tax, other 2019 bills due for return engagement this year
Facing the prospect of tough budget cuts, state lawmakers say they will move quickly to pass legislation that will require some popular third-party sellers to charge a sales tax on online purchases.
It’s a change that could frustrate voters who have grown accustomed to tax-free online shopping on sites like Walmart.com and Etsy.com even as shoppers at traditional brick-and-mortar stores, and even some online retailers like Amazon, pony up extra for the tax. But it’s also a change that even conservative estimates show could pour about $150 million a year into the state’s coffers.
“As someone has said, we may not have a revenue problem. We may have a collection problem, and we need to start collecting on this money that’s due to the state,” Sen. Chuck Hufstetler, a Rome Republican who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, told senators Monday.