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Chamber supports online sales tax

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‘We should all desire a level playing field in commerce’ Buddy Bowers Chairman Chamber government relations committee

The Roane County Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted unanimously last week to support the Marketplace Fairness Act.
Support for the act comes upon recommendation of the Chamber’s government relations committee.

The act empowers states to collect sales tax on purchases made from online-only vendors.

“The growth of online sales has created an increasingly unfair burden on local merchants, who find themselves competing with outside vendors who do not have to collect Tennessee sales tax from local customers,” said Edgar “Buddy” Bowers, chairman of the Chamber’s government relations committee.

“Moreover, it has created a growing burden on our state and local governments who lose such taxes from which they would otherwise benefit,” he added.

Via a resolution approved by the Chamber board, state and federal elected officials are urged to enact the Marketplace Fairness Act this year, with provision made for no new state sales taxes to be imposed or collected as a result.

“Our mission as a Chamber of Commerce is to represent and support local businesses, such as our merchants, and eliminating this online tax unfairness should be an effort we all support,” Bowers said.

“None of us particularly likes to pay taxes, I'm sure, but we should all desire a level playing field in commerce.”

The Chamber is a partner in The Roane Alliance — Roane County's economic development organization.

The partners who operate under the Alliance umbrella with The Chamber include the Industrial Development Board and the Visitors Bureau.