Zionsville Times Sentinel

December 5, 2012

Online tax date could move up on agenda

By Maureen Hayden and Andrea Cline
For the Times Sentinel

Indianapolis — A coalition of bricks-and-mortar retailers in Indiana want to speed up the collection date for the Internet sales tax, arguing the online giant Amazon.com is already scooping up sales tax dollars in other states.

At a press conference at the Statehouse on “Cyber Monday,” Nov. 26, representatives from the Indiana Merchants for Tax Fairness Collection, called for a quicker end to what they call an unfair advantage enjoyed by online-only retailers that escape the state’s 7 percent sales tax.

One of Amazon’s Indiana distribution centers is in Whitestown.

“Retailers don’t mind competition in the marketplace, in fact they thrive on it,” said Grant Monahan, coalition member and president of the Indiana Retail Council. “But they need competition on a level playing field.”

Julie Johns-Cole, executive director of the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce, echoed Monahan’s statement.

See Wednesday's paper for the full story.