sales tax http://michiganradio.org en 'Main Street Fairness' legislation would add sales tax to online orders http://michiganradio.org/post/main-street-fairness-legislation-would-add-sales-tax-online-orders <p>Michigan's new state treasurer, Kevin Clinton, &nbsp;is calling for Michigan residents to pay the state's 6% sales tax on Internet purchases.</p><p>Right now, online shoppers in the state don't have to pay the sales tax to companies that don't have actual stores in Michigan, like Amazon or Overstock.com.</p><p>There are currently bills in the state Legislature known as "Main Street Fairness" legislation that would change that.</p><p>So will you soon have to pay sales tax on your Amazon purchases? Chad Livengood, Lansing reporter for the Detroit News, joined us today to try and answer that question.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:20:47 +0000 Stateside Staff 16602 at http://michiganradio.org 'Main Street Fairness' legislation would add sales tax to online orders Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-feb-25-2014 <p>We've almost all done it – you might have even done it just today: Made a purchase online.<br /><br />But have you ever wondered why you have to pay sales tax on online purchases from some retailers like Target, but not others, like Amazon? There's new legislation in Lansing that might change that. We found out more on today's show.</p><p>Then, close your eyes. Now, picture a farmer. What comes to mind? You probably pictured a man, but more women are raising crops now in Michigan. We took a look at what's behind the rise in female farmers.</p><p>And, it was the most infamous event of one of the most painful and divisive times in Michigan's history. A new play at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History explores the Algiers incident which occurred during the Detroit riots.&nbsp;</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's been five days since emergency manager Kevyn Orr released the bankruptcy reorganization blueprint, which maps out a way to wipe out billions in debt, spend over half a billion in tearing down abandoned buildings and invest $1 billion to improve city services.</span></p><p>Now that all stakeholders have had a chance to digest the blueprint, the battle lines are being drawn.</p><p>Detroit Free Press columnist Rochelle Riley joined us today to give us a look ahead.</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 21:19:05 +0000 Stateside Staff 16603 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014 In this morning's headlines: internet sales tax, Flint EM resigns, right to work challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-internet-sales-tax-flint-em-resigns-right-work-challenge <p><strong>House approves internet sales tax</strong></p><p>"A state House panel has approved collecting a six-percent sales tax on all Internet purchases. The legislation would affect businesses without a brick-and-mortar store in Michigan, such as Amazon.com," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Flint emergency manager resigns </strong></p><p>"A new emergency manager has been named for Flint following <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-resigning">the resignation of Mike Brown</a>. Darnell Earley will take over. He's been Saginaw's city manager for the past 8 years," the Associated Press reports.</p><p><strong>State employee take right-to-work challenge to MI Supreme Court</strong></p><p>"Unionized state civil service workers are asking the Michigan Supreme Court to rule the new right-to-work law does not apply to them. They say they’re governed by civil service rules," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 11:28:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14391 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: internet sales tax, Flint EM resigns, right to work challenge Lawmaker wants to raise state sales tax to help students pay for college http://michiganradio.org/post/lawmaker-wants-raise-state-sales-tax-help-students-pay-college <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Many Michigan students would pay little to no money for in-state college tuition under a proposal in Lansing. State Representative Vicki Barnett&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 16px;">(D-Farmington Hills)&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">wants to raise the state’s sales tax by one percent to pay for the plan.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Barnett talked about the proposal on the Michigan Public Television program “Off the Record.”</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“People are recognizing that we need to find a way to make sure that all of our kids who graduate high school who want to go on and get a higher educational degree have the opportunity to do so without having the weight and burden of student loans carrying them down,” Barnett said.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Besides helping students gain access to higher education, she says it would also help attract employers.</span></p><p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 13:14:30 +0000 Jake Neher 13826 at http://michiganradio.org Lawmaker wants to raise state sales tax to help students pay for college State lawmaker introduces plan to throw out state income tax http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmaker-introduces-plan-throw-out-state-income-tax <p>There’s a proposal in Lansing to throw out the state’s income tax. The bill would let voters decide whether to keep the tax or get rid of it.</p><p>Republican state Representative Bob Genetski&nbsp;(Allegan County) says he’s heard “a lot” of complaints from his constituents about having to pay state income taxes. That’s especially since the state stopped exempting pensions from the tax last year.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:15:09 +0000 Jake Neher 13458 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmaker introduces plan to throw out state income tax In this morning's headlines: film incentives, tax credits for students loans, online sales tax http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-film-incentives-tax-credits-students-loans-online-sales-tax <p><strong>Senate votes to keep film incentive money</strong></p><p>"Michigan’s film industry wouldn’t lose a dime of the $50 million currently set aside for state incentives under a proposal in the Legislature. The state Senate voted to reject Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to cut the incentives in half," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Proposed bill would give tax credits for student loans</strong></p><p>"State tax credits could be given for student loan payments if a new bill in Lansing becomes law. The tax credit would equal half of a student's annual loan payments, if the graduate stays in Michigan," Chris Zollars <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/student-loan-payments-may-be-tax-credits">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Bill would make Michigan online retailers charge sales tax</strong></p><p>"Michigan lawmakers are looking at how to get online retailers to collect state sales taxes. Currently, shoppers are supposed to report any sales taxes they owe on online purchases, and pay them with their income tax, but most people don’t. A proposed bill at the state capitol would put the responsibility on the online retailer," Steve Carmody<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-look-ways-closing-online-sales-tax-loophole"> reports.</a></p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 12:01:28 +0000 Emily Fox 12357 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: film incentives, tax credits for students loans, online sales tax Michigan lawmakers look for ways of closing the online sales tax loophole http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-look-ways-closing-online-sales-tax-loophole <p>Michigan lawmakers are looking at how to get online retailers to collect state sales taxes.</p><p></p><p>Currently, shoppers are supposed to report any sales taxes they owe on online purchases, and pay them with their income tax.</p><p></p><p>But most people don’t.</p><p></p><p>State Representative Eileen Kowall’s bill would put the responsibility on the online retailer.&nbsp;&nbsp; She’s quick to say this is not a tax increase, just making sure that the taxes that are owed are being paid.</p><p></p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:01:16 +0000 Steve Carmody 12349 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers look for ways of closing the online sales tax loophole The week in Michigan politics http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-38 <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics, Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss the idea of increasing sales taxes on services to help fund road improvements in the state, how <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/how-will-automatic-federal-budget-cuts-affect-michigan">sequestration </a>could affect Michigan, and why a Detroit City Council meeting to discuss how to avoid a state takeover was canceled.</p><p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:49:21 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 11437 at http://michiganradio.org The week in Michigan politics Attention in Lansing turns to road funding as State of the State approaches http://michiganradio.org/post/attention-lansing-turns-road-funding-state-state-approaches <p>Governor Rick Snyder says he’ll outline a new plan to fund road improvements during his State of the State address on Wednesday.</p><p>The plan could include higher vehicle registration fees to pay for road projects and maintenance.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jan 2013 17:23:47 +0000 Jake Neher 10754 at http://michiganradio.org Attention in Lansing turns to road funding as State of the State approaches Snyder wants e-retailers to collect Michigan sales tax http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-wants-e-retailers-collect-michigan-sales-tax <p>Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is appealing to lawmakers in Washington to make online retailers collect state sales tax.</p><p>Melissa Anders <a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2012/05/gov_rick_snyder_wants_michigan.html#incart_river_default">from MLive.com</a> reports that Gov. Snyder sent a letter to U.S. Senate leaders this week expressing his support for the <a href="http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.1832:">Marketplace Fairness Act</a>. The law would require companies doing business online to calculate sales tax based on customer location and collect the taxes on behalf of states.</p><p>Governor Snyder reportedly sees the law as &quot;a way to level the playing field between brick-and-mortar shops and online retailers like Amazon.com and Overstock.com,&quot; Anders writes.</p><p>In the letter, <a href="http://media.mlive.com/business_impact/other/Snyder%20Letter%20-%20Marketplace%20Fairness.pdf">Snyder also sights fiscal concerns</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;The Michigan Department of Treasury estimates that total revenue lost to e-commerce and mail-order purchases will amount to $872 million during fiscal years 2012 and 2013...it is crucial that the state has the tools to fairly collect the revenue that it is owed. The Marketplace Fairness act would provide states with the authority to do just that.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Michigan residents are already required to pay a &quot;use tax&quot; of 6 percent on their income tax returns for purchases made online. But it&#39;s difficult to enforce and few taxpayers heed the rule.</p><p><script language="JavaScript" src="http://w.sharethis.com/button/buttons.js"></script><script language="JavaScript">stLight.options({ publisher:'18355ba4-a04c-4a33-a76f-847aadfc0f80', onhover:false });</script><script language="JavaScript" src="http://www.micropoll.com/a/MicroPoll?id=2753256"></script><!-- END MICROPOLL JAVASCRIPT CODE --></p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Fri, 11 May 2012 20:40:37 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7439 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder wants e-retailers to collect Michigan sales tax More powerful fireworks to be sold in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/more-powerful-fireworks-be-sold-michigan <p>Next July 4th, you might find more than just your garden variety sparklers and smoke snakes at Michigan fireworks stands.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billengrossed/House/pdf/2011-HEBH-4293.pdf">Michigan Fireworks Safety Act</a> passed the Michigan House yesterday and moves onto the Michigan Senate.</p><p>The law will allow people to buy&nbsp;fireworks in a category &quot;that includes aerial devices and other more spectacular devices&quot; without a permit, according to a <a href="http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2011-2012/billanalysis/House/pdf/2011-HLA-4293-1.pdf">legislative analysis</a>.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.detnews.com/article/20111020/POLITICS02/110200394/1024/POLITICS03/Michigan-bill-would-allow-more-powerful-fireworks">Associated Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The legislation could change the summer routine for state residents who now drive into border states to buy fireworks that aren&#39;t legal in Michigan. Some types of bottle rockets and Roman candles are among the fireworks that would become legal if the measure becomes law.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;ve come up with a reasonable solution to prevent our residents from going to Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and purchasing these consumer-grade fireworks,&quot; said Rep. Harold Haugh, a Democrat from Roseville and the bill&#39;s sponsor.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;">The state could bring in around $5.5 million annually in sales taxes and fees, according to the legislative analysis of the bill. The potential revenue numbers were derived from similar legislation passed in Indiana in 2006. Thu, 20 Oct 2011 14:56:45 +0000 Mark Brush 4647 at http://michiganradio.org More powerful fireworks to be sold in Michigan? Michigan proposal targets taxes on Internet sales http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-proposal-targets-taxes-internet-sales <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are renewing a push to require more businesses selling items over the Internet to collect the state&#39;s 6 percent sales tax.</p><p>Legislation dealing with the issue was detailed Tuesday at the state Capitol.</p><p>The Michigan Retailers Association says some out-of-state, online-only retailers use legal loopholes that allow them to avoid collecting state sales tax at the point of sale. The retailers association says that gives the online retailers an unfair price advantage and hurts Michigan businesses that have storefronts and collect the sales tax.</p><p>Bills to be introduced by Republican Rep. Eileen Kowall of Oakland County&#39;s White Lake Township and Democratic Rep. Jim Ananich of Flint would move online-only retailers under the same sales tax collection laws under which brick-and-mortar businesses operate. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 18:01:51 +0000 The Associated Press 4226 at http://michiganradio.org Online Christmas sales have Michigan tax officials saying 'Bah Humbug' http://michiganradio.org/post/online-christmas-sales-have-michigan-tax-officials-saying-bah-humbug <P>Online sales are reportedly up about 12 percent this holiday shopping season.&nbsp;That could be bad news for Michigan tax collectors.&nbsp;&nbsp;<A href="http://www.michigan.gov/taxes/0,1607,7-238-43529-155531--,00.html">Michigan residents are supposed to pay sales tax on items bought online</A>, but few do.&nbsp;</P> <P>&nbsp;Caleb Booth is a spokesman for the state Treasury Department.&nbsp; He says the state lost out on $328 million dollars in uncollected sales taxes on online purchases in 2009.&nbsp;</P> <BLOCKQUOTE> <P>"<EM>If you’re talking about some of the recent budget deficits Thu, 23 Dec 2010 13:26:23 +0000 689 at http://michiganradio.org Online Christmas sales have Michigan tax officials saying 'Bah Humbug'