Briella TomassettiMar 25, 2018, 11:51 pmMar 26, 2018, 5:55 pm

Long Island lawmakers push state to adopt internet fairness tax

Officials believe it would level the playing field for brick and mortar shops that are competing with online platforms

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ELMONT — The Nassau and Suffolk County executives are joining local business owners to call on the state to adopt the Internet Fairness and Conformity act.

With the advent of online shopping, more and more people will search for cheaper goods online rather than pay more in store with New York Sales Tax. The New York Association of Counties says current laws allow online shoppers to order products outside of New York for eight percent cheaper than what it would cost to buy in stores.

"The loss of retail activity on main streets and malls is having a negative impact in our communities. We are losing businesses. We are losing jobs. We are losing retail activity, and we are losing revenue," The New York Association of Counties said in a statement.

Long Island officials are calling on the New York State Senate to adopt the Internet Fairness and Conformity Act before the 2018 to 2019 budget deadline.

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