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Americans Aren’t Pulling for an Internet Sales Tax

Friday, September 15, 2017

Congress is currently debating whether online retailers like Amazon should charge sales tax on purchases, even if the seller and buyer aren’t in the same state. A majority of Americans do at least some shopping online, and they are not fans of taxing those purchases.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 66% of American Adults oppose a sales tax in their state on items purchased online, even if the store they buy from is not in their state. Just 21% favor an internet sales tax, while 13% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

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The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on September 6-7, 2017 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

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