Sales taxes would be collected on online purchases under a proposal advanced by lawmakers to final reading.
Lincoln State Senator Adam Morfeld told his colleagues that they should not refuse to collect sales taxes on online purchases because of a thirty year old court case. He says the times and circumstances change over that period of time.
State Senator Lydia Brasch was one of those arguing against the proposal that is opposed by Governor Ricketts. Brasch says that main street businesses are doing fine despite the competition from internet sales that often don’t pay state sales taxes. Brasch maintains that taxing online sales would further tax the community. Senator Jim Smith claimed that the proposal held false hope for retailers and didn’t fix the problem.
The proposal stalled last session because of concerns regarding constitutionality. An amendment offered to address those issues.