Traditional merchants are suffering a 6 percent disadvantage over their Internet-only competitors this holiday season.
Though the Supreme Court recently affirmed the right of states to tax online purchases made by state residents, it really didn’t help small-business owners.
Online appliance sellers routinely boast they sell appliances free of sales tax and often offer free delivery on big-ticket items despite a requirement that Internet merchants collect the 6 percent sales tax on anything they sell for use in Pennsylvania, said Brian Sutton, part owner of Maidencreek TV & Appliance in Maidencreek Township.
“They do it all the time,” Sutton said. “We’ve been dealing with this for years.”