Sainsbury's boss Justin King calls for new online sales tax
The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 will allow US states to force online retailers to collect a tax on the sale of online products or services.
The Act is being introduced in an attempt to level the tax playing field between the high street and online-only retailers, amid criticism about the amount of tax paid by internet groups.
In the UK, Sainsbury's boss Mr Justin King is one of a number of high-profile retailers who have warned that businesses rates, a tax on commercial property, are crippling the high street because there is no equivalent for online retailers.
“The burden of taxation falls very heavily on bricks and mortar retailers,” Mr King said. “I think we need to rebalance the tax burden.”
Business rates are costing the retail industry more than £7bn a year and increased by an inflation-linked £175m in April. The British Retail Consortium, the trade body, has held talks with the Treasury about their concerns after a string of high street retailers collapsed into administration earlier in the year.
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Although the tax collection is a little different here from in the United States this could be a way of reducing businesses rates on UK bricks and mortar retailers.
In all fairness town centres could also have free parking the same as out of town retailers.