Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged residents to support local businesses by participating in these upcoming promotions:
The Mayor was joined by representatives of the Nebraska Retail Federation, the DLA and the Chamber of Commerce today at a news conference at Scheels at SouthPointe Pavilions. Mayor Beutler thanked Scheels for its recent donation of $300,000 toward the Children's Zoo expansion project. And he said giving back to the community is just one reason to support local businesses.
"Lincoln has never had such a wide variety of retail options," Beutler said. "By shopping local, we will continued to see the choices grow along with our population. Our local businesses improve our quality of life in many ways. They make Lincoln a fun and interesting place to live. They also make Lincoln a destination for visitors, and those sales tax dollars help us improve and maintain local City services."
"We hope people will remember that cities and states lose millions of dollars in sales tax revenue when shoppers buy from online retailers who do not collect the tax," said Jim Otto of the Nebraska Retail Federation. "Buying local supports our retailers who in turn support our community."
Online retailers who have stores in Nebraska are required to collect sales tax. The Nebraska legislature held over for consideration next year a bill to provide for the collection of sales taxes from all Internet retailers, and the Nebraska Attorney General's Office recently joined other states is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether retailers can be required to collect sales taxes in states where they do not have physical stores. Online retailer Amazon began voluntarily collecting sales taxes in Nebraska this year.