We love this editorial from the Macomb Daily (MI). After offering a quick background on online sales tax, affiliate nexus legislation, and Amazon’s response to affiliate laws, it turns to the need for federal legislation:
The better answer is federal legislation requiring Amazon and its competitors to collect sales taxes in each state. That’s been proposed for years. An early response was that it was too complex.
We couldn’t agree more!
The Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement has effectively simplified and standardized sales tax categories and definitions, making it much easier for retailers to remit sales tax to multiple states. Now all we need is federal legislation allowing states to require online retailers to collect sales tax.
It looks like the editorial has been picked up by the Associated Press, so we expect it to appear in many more papers around the country.