Hawaii – HI Hawaii bills would enforce tax collections on internet sales

The Daily Progress

Feb 8, 2017 Updated 7 hrs ago

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers are considering several bills this year to begin collecting taxes on online sales of retail products.

Rep. Isaac Choy estimated the move could bring in $80 million for the state each year, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/2kqnPm0 ).

House Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke said new state efforts to collect internet taxes were prompted by Amazon.com’s recent decision to collect taxes for 36 states. Hawaii was not among them.

The bills come as Hawaii tax collections have been mostly flat this year and lawmakers are looking for alternative sources of revenue.

The new legislation has received support from those who say it will level the playing field for Hawaii’s business community.

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