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Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:43 PM

Guam senator answers criticisms about online shopping tax

Senator Joe S. San Agustin has responded to criticisms against his Bill 166-35, which seeks to include for taxation imported items arriving into Guam via the US Postal Service.

Some residents interviewed by PNC News have criticized the bill, saying that the bill would increase the costs for consumers who are shopping online because the prices online are more affordable.

In a statement sent to PNC News, San Agustin said online shopping will still be cheaper in many ways. “The use tax is just 4 percent, that’s only 40 cents for $10 worth of goods, or $4 on $100. It is lower than the business privilege tax, which is 5 percent. In addition, this bill may also allow local businesses to be more competitive.”

There have also been criticisms about how the bill will be enforced since currently, the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency doesn’t have purview over domestic mail carried by the U.S. Postal Service.

Read more: https://pacificnewscenter.com/senator-answers-criticisms-about-online-shopping-tax/

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