While sifting through the channels on TV while watching my twin sons a few weeks ago, I came across something very interesting. There was a program length commercial on for Montel’s pressure cooker.
It wouldn’t have been anything noteworthy unless at the end of the ad they hadn’t stated that people from certain states should include state tax. Massachusetts wasn’t one of them.
The pressure cooker sold for $149.95 and estimating 10,000 sales in Massachusetts in a year, we well may be not collecting almost $70,000 in state tax revenue from that one product. Presently, there is an honor system in place that I can guarantee is not collecting all that is due to the Commonwealth. I have discussed this with my state representative Russell Holmes recently, and the issue of internet sales and taxation on those sales came up in a discussion within the Finance Committee a few days ago.
I say that the loophole should be closed so we do not have to forego services that are needed by the people of our Commonwealth. It will generate tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
Wayne J. Wilson, Jr.