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Online sales tax bill has winners, losers

Legislation passed Senate, now heads to House

7:04 PM, May 7, 2013
In this photo made Tuesday, April 30, 2013, Kurt Zentmaier poses in his warehouse full of  guitars in Claremont, N.H. Zentmaier is president of Rondo Music which sells its guitars online only and doesn't want an Internet sales tax.
In this photo made Tuesday, April 30, 2013, Kurt Zentmaier poses in his warehouse full of guitars in Claremont, N.H. Zentmaier is president of Rondo Music which sells its guitars online only and doesn't want an Internet sales tax.
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Major retail chains and local stores will be the big winners if the House follows the Senate in voting to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes on purchases.

? Winners. Big box retailers say they are tired of being showrooms for shoppers who then use their smartphones to search for lower prices and buy online. They say they are at a 5 percent to 10 percent price disadvantage by having to charge sales taxes that online rivals don't have to collect.

And local retailers are sick of having to compete with out-of-state merchants who sell online but only have to charge sales tax to ...

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