(Columbus, April 9, 2013) The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, representing more than 4,400 companies across Ohio, welcomed language in the Ohio House of Representatives’ proposed budget aimed at advancing the online sales tax conversation in Ohio.

“E-Fairness is important to our members,” said Ohio Council of Retail Merchants Executive Vice President Gordon Gough. “Online retailers should collect the same sales tax as local retailers, without infringing on consumers’ ability to get the best bargain wherever they can find it.

“We applaud the Ohio House for taking this important step to make sales tax collection equal for all retailers,” said Gough.

“We look forward to working with the Kasich Administration, House and Senate leaders to create a level playing field where Ohio stores can compete fairly to serve Ohio consumers,” Gough concluded.

Founded in 1922, the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants is Ohio’s leading trade association for the retail industry, with more than 4,400 members statewide including large retailers and department stores, jewelers, tire and automotive stores and convenience stores that serve millions of Ohioans daily.