Little Rock shoppers and store owners weight the effects of the internet sales tax bill.

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- To be taxed, or not to be taxed; it is the talk amongst the Senate. The internet sales tax bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect sales tax for purchases made over the internet.

    "We've had to compete with Amazon and other companies for years, and it's always kind of been a struggle," said Jacob Cockcroft. He is one of the owners of Wordsworth Books and Company and said the concept of in-person customer service has almost become a dying concept. "They come in. We recommend books to them," he explained.

    As one of the last brick-and-mortar bookstores standing in Little Rock, Cockcroft said his business is one of the fortunate ones that hasn't been forced to close as a result of online retailers.

    "When Amazon first came out, people talked about how it was going to be the death of the independent book store, and that really hasn't happened," he added.

    Some shoppers said even if they end up having to pay sales tax, that would not be a deal breaker.

    "Yeah, but I don't think it would keep me from ordering online if I needed to," said Kim Gillum.

    Cockcroft said the tax would finally level the playing field, helping his business get back to the way things used to be.

    "It would give them one more reason why they can shop locally and not go online to save a little money, so I think it's a great thing," he concluded.

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