Letters to the Editor

July 31, 2014

Howie: Unfair tax system helped the dot-coms kill my Columbia business

Earlier this month, I made the tough decision to close the doors of Kicks Shoes on Devine Street in Columbia. Kicks was more than just a shoe store; it was a place where the local community could gather with friends and try on and shop for shoes and accessories. Unfortunately, we were forced to compete with online retailers that had an 8 percent price advantage over my business. Small businesses across South Carolina — small businesses just like mine — deserve to compete on a level playing field that doesn’t include tax loopholes that allow online-only sellers to avoid collecting sales tax.

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