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Internet Sales Tax gaining support from Wisconsin counties


MERRILL, WI (WSAU) -  There’s a growing movement to level the playing field for businesses in the area of state sales tax. Right now, you pay a little over five and a half percent when you purchase something in the store... but if you buy it online, there is no sales tax.

Lincoln County Board Chairman Robert Lussow says the Wisconsin Counties Association has been working to get all Wisconsin counties to support collecting sales tax from online purchases so they can approach the Legislature to make the changes.

Lussow says he knows several counties are considering the proposal, and Lincoln County has it on the agenda for this coming Tuesday.Lussow says it’s nice to save money, but the present tax law isn’t fair for traditional businesses.

Marathon County Board Chairman Gary Wyman says local businesses suffer from the unfair online advantage, and says Marathon County may also vote on it soon.

So far, there’s no active legislation at the State Capitol addressing the sales tax issue.