Idaho Legislation to join Streamlined dies

SAD UPDATE – March 19, 2010 – Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee fails to agree. Yesterday they voted 9 YEA to 9 NEA – so… No action. Business Week is reporting that several “conservative anti-tax Republicans” in the House (including Majority Leader Mike Moyle from Star and Rep. Phil Hart from Athol)…

“are suspicious of efforts to modify Idaho’s laws”

We are certainly not constitutional lawyers, but… isn’t that their job? Very frustrating! I guess we can all try again in Idaho next year, or…

Now Listen up voters and legislators, this is getting serious! By failing to act now, our federal legislators are actually encouraging a more difficult interstate commerce environment (albeit passively), as so many states are now creating widely varying laws regarding interpretation of nexus, out-of-state reporting obligations, and thresholds for state-by-state registration requirements.

Please, please, please call and/or write your legislators to encourage them to introduce and pass the Main Street Fairness Act so that each state doesn’t have to make this stuff up as they go (and suffer the cost of resulting litigation). It is now time for our United States Congress and House of Representatives to act, before more states invent still more laws (like CO’s remote reporting, or NY’s Amazon Taxes).

UPDATE March 10, 2010 – As covered by the NewYork Times, the Idaho House of Representives’ Revenue and Taxation Committee today voted 10 (in favor) to 8 (opposed) to introduce their own version of SB 1295, bringing Idaho one step closer to becoming a full Member State under the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement. Way to go Idaho!

UPDATE March 2, 2010 – Idaho Senate has voted unanimously in support SB 1295! Now the bill is off to be reviewed by the Idaho House of Representatives’ Revenue and Taxation Committee (see update above).

(Originally published 2/3) Last week (on January 27th) Idaho Senator Mike Jorgensen (R-Hayden Lake) proposed Idaho Senate Bill 1295 (Here’s the complete SB 1295 and the related Statement of Purpose and Fiscal Notes to have Idaho join the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement!

Local Idaho journalist Sharon Fisher for the award-winning online news source NewWest.Net wrote about it first earlier today.

Go Idaho!

Here’s hoping those other states considering affiliate taxes tax note.

UPDATE: Business Week just picked up an article by John Miller of the Associated Press: “Tax cheats, others shorting Idaho $250 million.”

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