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E-Commerce Hubs’ Siphoning of Sales Taxes Unwound by Texas Rules

June 23, 2021, 8:46 AM

Sales taxes flow into the city of Coppell, Texas, every time a Texan orders something online that’s shipped from the mammoth e-commerce warehouses ringing Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.

And they flow out of the central Texas city of Killeen, home of the U.S. Army’s Fort Hood, every time its residents place orders routed through Coppell’s warehouses.

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar (R) wants to blunt such stark disparities by applying one simple principle: The internet is not a place of business; a geographic location is. So regulations taking effect Oct. 1 will stop retailers in Texas from designating their online ...

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