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Should Items Bought Online be Subject to Sales Tax?

As more and more people turn to the Internet to do their shopping, the State of Minnesota is gaining nothing in sales tax. Is this right?

Should Items Bought Online be Subject to Sales Tax?

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When the nonpartisan House Public Information Services (HPIS) conducted its 2012 opinion poll during the State Fair, more than 9,000 people participated.

Among the issues considered was that of collecting sales tax on products purchased over the Internet.

The State of Minnesota would traditionally collect millions of dollars in annual sales tax on items like books, movies and music, but on the Internet, these things are not subject to state sales tax.

Is this fair? Forty-seven percent of Minnesotans polled said 'no.' In other words, 47 percent of people said sales tax should be collected on digital purchases. 

As the 2012-13 holiday season approaches, more people than ever are purchasing gifts, products and services online. 

Despite the 4,200 people that agreed that digital purchases should be subject to sales tax, another 4,006 people (44.6 percent) disagreed. 

So where do you stand? Should items bought online be subject to state sales tax?  

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