Internet Sales Tax Moves a Step Closer, Chattanoogans Are Divided

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Updated: 5/07/2013 6:57 pm
CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-
     The Department of Commerce says online sales came to a whopping  200 billion dollars last year.
          But for some Chattanooga businesses the internet is a fall back when times are tough.

Michelle Kuffrey, owner of The Green Door,"After Christmas for example, if you're not selling on the internet, your not going to have enough money to pay your bills."

The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce say that the Bill can help local artists and store owners compete with big e-businesses.

"Definitely levels the playing field, bricks and mortar shops have been at a competitive disadvantage for the last 20 years versus companies like amazon who sell on the internet".

For one local business moving to online sales is just giving into demand.

Lynda Buckles, "With Etsy and Pintrest, people are looking for those hand made goods"

Lynda will be bringing her store online in the coming weeks regardless of which way the House votes.

 "Its all about getting out there and getting exposed, we hope to have our online store live by June 1st"

For Management at The Green Door  staff numbers as well as revenue should be taken into account.

"The big businesses already have more of an advantage, they probably already have more people working, and time to get these things online and do everything, we are just the two of us trying to do all we can here."

If passed the Bill could go into effect as soon as October this year.

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