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Michigan Internet Sales Tax Bill Gets Thumbs Up

  • Jan 27, 2012 | Susan McLain

Michigan currently has legislation proposed that would require internet retailers and out-of-state retailers to charge, collect and remit sales tax on purchases made by Michigan residents.

In Michigan, residents are supposed to pay sales taxes on goods purchased out-of-state or online, but when prompted to file on their income taxes, they generally do not.

A recent poll by Free Press/WXYZ-TV, indicates that “Michiganders support the idea of paying the state sales tax for good purchased online.”

According to the Detroit Free Press a slim margin of 54% support paying the tax, while 39% are opposed. However, 31% of those in favor strongly support the idea, whereas 30% of those opposed are strongly against.

“Michigan Retailers Association Vice-President Tom Scott said this morning he’s not surprised by the poll result. ‘When you explain to people what the issue is…they agree the situation is not fair.’”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”