Independence voters to decide on online shopping tax - KCTV5

Independence voters to decide on online shopping tax

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Brick-and-mortar stores in Independence say a new online use tax will level the playing field when it comes to online versus in-store sales. (KCTV5) Brick-and-mortar stores in Independence say a new online use tax will level the playing field when it comes to online versus in-store sales. (KCTV5)
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Brick-and-mortar stores in Independence say a new online use tax will level the playing field when it comes to online versus in-store sales. 

“I think it will be fine and people just get used to what’s happening,” said Kevin Deen, manager at Wild About Harry.

That is what Deen thinks will happen if people pass a ballot measure in April.

The Independence City Council wants people to vote on a use tax that would put a 2.25 percent tax on out of state online sales shipped in to the city.

“I think that’s a good thing,” Deen said.

Wild About Harry is a men’s boutique, and Deen says he has seen people use online retailers to avoid a sales tax.

But in the future, Deen, said customers will just buy it in the store, because it is going to cost them the same either way.

The use tax will contribute to the general fund, including streets, parks and storm water costs, plus public safety funding needs.

The city says, in the beginning, the use tax could generate more than $1.5 million for the city. However, this isn’t set in stone yet. Residents will vote for this in April.

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