An interview with Scott Peterson, executive director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, has been published on Governing magazine’s website. It’s a fascinating article; we recommend you read the entire thing in order to get a good idea of what Streamlined stands for (in a word: simplification) and how Peterson feels about affiliate nexus legislation (called “Amazon laws” or “click-through legislation” in the interview).
We have to quote just one part of the interview, however:
What we care most about is how to make state sales and use taxes simpler and more uniform for those collecting the tax. What’s going on now is all about money. Money is important but our initial effort was aimed at taking a tax that was 80 years old and bringing it into the 21st century.
That is the clearest statement of Streamlined’s goals that we’ve seen, and we hope people are listening. Laws have struggled to catch up with technology in many areas, and sales tax is no different. It’s past time to make sales tax laws reflect the realities of present-day technology, which makes it easy for any online retailer to collect sales tax. Just look at TaxCloud.