A Charlotte, N.C.-based florist is battling national competitors who market themselves as local merchants but don't charge their customers sales tax.

Bill Miller, owner of the Flower Hut, believes his competition may be costing the state of North Carolina millions of dollars a year in lost tax revenue. After consulting with his CPA, he learned about the concept of "nexus," that out-of-state companies should be collecting sales taxes if they do business in the state.

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