Francisco also said it is believed that Norman is more impacted by online shopping than the average Oklahoma community because of the increasing popularity of online shopping by college students and younger consumers.
The Marketplace Fairness Act could provide at least a partial solution to Norman’s sales tax woes. The act would force Internet businesses to remit sales tax based on point of delivery.
The act gives states the authority to compel online and catalog retailers to collect sales tax at the time of a transaction.
The act was passed in the Senate in May but has apparently stalled in the subcommittee of Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Moore sales tax collections continued an upward trend. Receipts of $2,314,903 were up 5.5 percent over collections for the same time period last year. That increase does not include the one-quarter cent sales tax approved for park improvements, Moore City Finance Manager Jim Corbett said.
“We’re very happy with growth, especially at this time, following tornado season,” Corbett said. “Most of that collection would have been prior to the May 20 tornado.”
Corbett said city leadership expects a slight decline in future sales tax, then a bump in tax as recovery progresses. That bump will likely show up in the August collections.
“I think the July tax will be down,” Corbett said. “Several businesses were closed for days and it’s been difficult to get into the area.”
This was the first month the recently approved park tax was received, he said.