Tucked all the way at the bottom of the McHenry County Board’s Legislative Priorities is the following:
4) Support County Authority to Collect Existing Sales Tax
McHenry County supports legislation to permit the collection of existing sales and use taxes from remote sellers.
The issue of taxing remote sales has compounded in recent years due to the extraordinary development of the Internet as a retail marketplace.
As a result, state and local governments have lost billions in uncollected sales taxes and Main Street businesses find themselves at a significant competitive disadvantage to various online sellers.
The same sales tax rules should apply to Internet and mail order sales.
Since no tax is collected on most internet sales now, the title of the paragraph (“Support County Authority to Collect Existing Sales Tax”) is flat out false.
Rest assured that the roll call on this request to hike sales taxes will be published on McHenry County Blog.