A retail group argues that language in the recently signed internet sales tax bill actually hurts small businesses and brick-and-mortar stores, which it was meant to help. Illinois retailers and municipalities believed they had finally scored a significant legislative victory with the updated taxation rules for big internet sellers. “I don’t know how it happened,” said Rob Karr, president of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association. “The idea was of leveling the playing field, not give advantages to some places.” But that’s exactly what the bill does, according to Karr. The purpose was to compel online marketplaces with more than $100,000 in sales—like eBay, Amazon and Facebook—to collect and remit the 6.25 percent Illinois state sales tax and all local taxes for all sellers through the platforms. Previously, the burden fell to shoppers, who were expected to record how much additional tax they owed.
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by dalton baker
June 21, 2019