Collecting Sales Tax Revenue Could Raise Louisiana $ 300 Million
ALEXANDRIA, Louisiana (KALB) – Louisiana voters will soon decide how the state collects sales taxes after the Louisiana legislature passed a constitutional amendment to centralize the state’s sales tax system.
Every day, hundreds of thousands of people turn on their computers and open their Internet browsers to start shopping online, and Louisiana could soon benefit from those sales.
“When you pay sales tax online, it goes somewhere,” said Chuck Owen, state representative for District 30. “And Louisiana didn’t have a centralized location for sales tax, and we actually left a lot of money on the table. “
Representative Owen says Louisiana could leave between $ 3 million and $ 4 million on the table.
“I mean if the people in that district pay the tax,” said Mike Johnson, state representative for District 27. “I want them to get benefits. It can do a lot.
Representative Johnson says the money could help with roads, bridges and also the education system.
“What we hope is people would buy local,” said Representative Johnson. “But we know that, especially after this last year, it’s become more and more part of our consumption practices.”
Researchers for the bigcommerce.com The project indicates that the trend will continue and that e-commerce sales will exceed $ 740 billion in 2023.
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