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The Ohio Taxation Department wants to take away Ohio Retailers
Out-of-State Sales with the Streamline Sales Tax System Project
*** The Ohio Legislative Body must put a STOP to it! ***

Letter sent to:  Governor Bob Taft, Ohio                                              
All Ohio House of Representatives
 N.F.I.B. Ohio                                        

May 10, 2001

TO: All State of Ohio, Representatives of the House
        Governor Bob Taft
        cc: NFIB Ohio

FM: Rick Wells, NOARD
        Brunswick, OH 44212
        PH: 330 225-7373
        E-MAIL: k8sci@noard.com

SUBJECT 1: Ohio consumers NOT REPORTING USE-TAX, AND WON'T!
SUBJECT 2: Sales/Use-Tax DESTROYING Ohio families who own Ohio Retail Stores.
                         ** The Ohio Tax Department/Government continues to ignore the problem! **

SOURCE: Ohio Income-Tax Department... As of April 17, 2001, from the 3,100,000 Income
         Tax returns made by Ohio Individuals (via Electronic Means, and the Paper returns
         which required Refunds thru the end of March), they have thus far yielded $486,680
         in Use-Tax payments. 3.1 Million returns (about 60 percent of the total 5.3 million)
         yielded an average of 15.6 CENTS per return! Other Ohio Taxation personnel
         have indicated to me that Ohio maybe losing, as much as, $400,000,000.00 yearly
         in Sales/Use-Tax revenues from the out-of-state retailers. THE OHIO CONSUMER
         WILL NOT VOLUNTARILY PAY THEIR USE-TAX. The Ohio consumer will also
         NOT select an out-of-state retailer which charges/collects Ohio Use-Tax when they
         have a choice of finding a different out-of-state retailer, that doesn't charge/collect
         the Ohio Use-Tax.

The Ohio Tax Department, and many Ohio Legislators, through their continued efforts,
to keep the Ohio Sales-Tax Revenues (generated within this State), have assumed that a
agreement (with a major re-write of the Sales/Use-Tax laws to simplify), with some of
the other states, will be an effective way to protect those revenues, and will be welcomed
by the retail businesses and consumers, within those states.

They have taken the attitude, that if you streamlined the Sales/Use-Tax laws/collections
(between those states) that everyone will participate! The only problem is, NOT ALL OF THE
STATES ARE IN AGREEMENT. Only 32 States are looking at the possibility trying to streamline
the Sales/Use-Taxes with 8 additional "maybe later" on type of position. 10 States aren't even
interested at this time (5 of those states currently have zero Sales/Use-Taxes and would have
absolutely no incentive to participate).

Also, keep in mind, any out-of-state business, that Ohio Retailers are currently getting from
the consumers in the States participating in the plan, will be potentially lost to Retailers
in States not participating in the plan. This will further take away, from the Ohio Retailers,
current retail business to out-of-state consumers, that will impact their ability to make the
profits needed to pay overhead. Those consumers (in participating states), will select
retailers in non-participating states to avoid paying State Sales/Use-Taxes. Any idea, that
the Ohio Retailers will hold on to those customers (with the added taxation), is a pipe-
dream of the Ohio Taxation Department, and will further destroy Ohio Retailers.

Seek out a copy of (available at the Ohio Tax Commissioners office):

  "Report on the Progress of the Streamlined Sales Tax System Project, March, 2001."
                                  Executive Summary and Recommendations.

Looking through this report, there are wide differences (even with the States that are
involved with the project), and, some States may require years of re-writing their tax laws,
and some may even require their final decisions to be made by their voters.

It is obvious that MANY YEARS will be required to work out the details. However, the
REAL DANGER is NOT ALL STATE'S ARE INVOLVED. Unless all 50 States participate
in a unified plan, those states, that do not. will have an enormous advantage of continuing
to provide merchandise to Ohio consumers, without any requirement of charging/collecting
the Ohio Sales/Use-Tax.

Absolutely no politician is in favor of increasing the State Income-Tax, however, the fact
is, the enforcement of the State Use-Tax on the consumer is going to be almost impossible,
especially if 20 to 36 percent of the States don't even participate! The State of Ohio created
the State Sales-Tax with the burden of collection put on its Ohio retailers. The State of Ohio
ignored the fact that it has been unable to ensure that the Ohio consumers were in fact NOT
USING the Ohio Sales-Tax as a additional means of saving when purchasing out-of-state
(FOR THE PAST 65 YEARS)!

FIVE YEARS may go by and this incomplete Streamlined Sales Tax System Project may
still not be in place. Then add to that, the 20 to 36 percent of the States THAT ARE NOT
participating, YOU HAVE CONTINUED TO UNDERMINE OHIO RETAILERS WITH THEIR
LOCAL CONSUMERS! FIVE ADDITIONAL YEARS may be sought to study how the plan
works with the State of Ohio Revenue needs, in other words, TEN YEARS MAY GO BY
BEFORE OHIO GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS THE FACT THAT IT'S NOT WORKING, AND
DESTROYING MORE AND MORE OHIO FAMILIES WHO OWN OHIO RETAILERS.

There seems to be an desire, with Ohio Government to PROTECT FROM ANY INCREASE
in the STATE INCOME-TAX, even though that would be the easiest to change. ELIMINATE
ALL SALES/USE-TAXES, especially on consumer items that are obtainable via mail-order
and the Internet, eliminate all Personal-Property Taxes on Inventory (for resale) at Ohio Retail
Stores, AND DOUBLE THE OHIO INDIVIDUAL INCOME-TAX. Only if you make those
changes occur do you put Ohio Retailers on a competitive basis, with Ohio local consumers.

If you insist on pushing this (incomplete) Streamlined Sales Tax System Project, you will help
weaken Ohio Retailers both with the Ohio local consumer, and with the consumers of the
States that participate in the plan. THE STREAMLINED SALES TAX SYSTEM PROJECT
MUST BE ABANDONED! THIS IS A MAJOR MISTAKE FOR THE STATE OF OHIO TO
INSIST THAT THIS PLAN WILL HELP BUSINESS. IT WILL DO EXACTLY THE OPOSITE
IN HELPING OHIO RETAILERS MAINTAIN REASONABLE PROFIT LEVELS.

The BIG PICTURE is that consumers want the lowest cost, period. They use the ability
to avoid taxation, as a direct benefit, of adding to their savings. Any continuance of the
State of Ohio, to keep the Sales/Use-Tax requirement, on its Ohio retailers dealing with
their local consumers, then expand that requirement to the Ohio retailers, in charging/
collecting Use-Taxation for 31 to 39 other States (thereby, potentially losing most of that
current business from those consumers in those states), is a irresponsible attitude, for the
State of Ohio Taxation Department/Government, and underlines their position, that the
Ohio retailer will remain non-competitive, unfairly with consumers, while, its the State of
Ohio who cannot (because of its inability to enforce complete Use-Tax payments by Ohio
consumers) protect losses to its Ohio retailers, created by out-dated taxation methods,
which have not kept up with technology changes.

While all of these new ideas are far from being implemented (Streamlined Sales Tax
System Project), there are situations that clearly show that Ohio cannot even enforce
current laws, such as, WHY IS xxxxxx.com still not collecting Ohio Sales/Use-Tax
on their website sales to Ohio consumers - - last time I looked, there is still plenty of
xxxxxxx Stores still in Ohio!!! All States, who have Sales/Use-Tax Laws, have really
made those laws so complicated, to the point that almost nothing is uniform. While
those states were worrying about how to protect the revenues, none of them seemed
to be concerned with the effect that the Sales/Use-Tax laws were having on their own
retailers trying to remain competitive, with their own consumers.

GET RID OF ALL SALES/USE-TAXES... DOUBLE THE OHIO INDIVIDUAL INCOME-
TAX - - QUIT TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING WORK THAT KEEPS OHIO RETAILERS
NON-COMPETITIVE WITH OHIO CONSUMERS. CURRENT PLANS WILL DESTROY
MORE OHIO RETAILERS... WAKE-UP, THIS IS 2001, NOT 1936.

Your actions would be greatly appreciated.

A concerned Ohio Retailer, consumer and resident.

Rick Wells

Our position with respect to:  OhioSalesUseTax 

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