WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Launches Study On Internet Sales Tax

Play associated audio
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley wants to know just how much sales tax Maryland residents aren't paying when they buy online.
Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley wants to know just how much sales tax Maryland residents aren't paying when they buy online.

Back in April, Gov. Martin O'Malley asked State Comptroller Peter Franchot to study the issue. Last month, the comptroller directed the Maryland Bureau of Revenue Estimates to prepare the study, which is expected to be done by the end of summer.

Internet retailers are required to collect sales tax only when they sell to customers living in a state where they have a store or office.

The study is designed to figure the volume of Internet sales that take place annually in Maryland as well as their estimated percentage of total retail sales.

It will also try to estimate how much tax revenue loss is due to sales by online retailers like Amazon, which Franchot says could add up to tens of millions of dollars. Amazon would have to charge customers Maryland sales tax if the company had a brick-and-mortar store in the state.

Recent developments in the Internet sales market also will be explored, including the expanding market for digital goods.

Lawmakers are expected to take up the issue within the next session.


Opulent And Apolitical: The Art Of The Met's Islamic Galleries

Navina Haidar, an Islamic art curator at the Met, says she isn't interested in ideology: "The only place where we allow ourselves any passion is in the artistic joy ... of something that's beautiful."

Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

More than 80 percent of people in South Korea live in cities. But in the last few years, that has started to change. Tens of thousands of South Koreans are relocating to the countryside each year.
WAMU 88.5

Virginia Republicans Warn Of High Energy Costs With Obama's 'Clean Power Plan'

Republican leaders in Virginia say Obama's clean energy plan would drive up energy costs and damage a struggling economy. Democrats say saving the planet is more important than the short-term problem of higher energy bills.

Hope Or Hype: The Revolution In Africa Will Be Wireless

Young entrepreneurs in Africa say that they're leading a tech movement from the ground up. They think technology can solve social ills. But critics wonder if digital fixes can make a dent.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.