Saying it’s a matter of fairness, the state Secretary of Revenue is defending the effort to collect unpaid sales taxes owed by Pennsylvania residents on purchases made via the Internet or from other out-of-state retailers.
When taxes are not collected on remote sales, it is the purchaser’s responsibility to pay what’s called “use” tax.
Efforts to do so have failed in the past. How would such a tax change your shopping habits?
Next year, Pennsylvania’s tax forms will add a “use tax” line requiring you to declare any sales tax you may owe for items purchased from out-of-state retailers.