TaxAnalysts hosted a fascinating panel discussion at the National Press Club this morning that everyone interested in Internet sales taxes should invest the two hours of time the entire debate deserves.
The debate was titled: State Taxes on Internet Sales: Are “Amazon” Laws the Answer?
The event was descibed by the organizers:
A discussion about whether states should tax Internet or other kinds of remote sales, and if so, how. Should states pursue “Amazon” laws that New York and Rhode Island have adopted and other states are considering? Or should Congress enact legislation to enable states to pursue a multistate solution?
The panel was moderated by:
Chris Bergin, President of Tax Analysts (taxanalysts.com)
The panelists were:
Michael Mazerov, senior fellow with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Stephen P. Kranz, is a partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP. Kranz is a well-known figure in the state tax world. A former general counsel at COST, Kranz has become a leading representative of business interests in court as well as before the legislatures.
Scott Petersen, is the Executive Director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board
George Isaacson, is a senior partner at Brann & Isaacson and tax counsel to the Direct Marketing Association and has represented the DMA in the filing of amicus curiae briefs in state and federal courts throughout the country, including the United States Supreme Court, regarding various tax matters.