According to an article in the Nashville Business Journal, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has voiced support for the online collection of sales tax:
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker signaled Wednesday that he’d support a federal policy to make online retailers collect sales taxes, calling it “patently unfair” that companies like Amazon.com don’t have to while brick-and-mortar businesses do. . . .
Corker on Wednesday stopped short of outright saying he was ready to support a proposal to force the collection of sales tax by online retailers nationally. He said he’s studying a legislative proposal by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that is still changing, and Corker noted that consumers already are supposed to contribute sales taxes for online purchases but typically don’t.
In a recent blog post, we talked about the (false) perception that online sales tax collection is a partisan issue—in fact, we’re seeing more Republican politicians speak out in favor of online sales tax collection every day. Which isn’t surprising at all. The online collection of sales tax is a bipartisan issue of tax fairness; it doesn’t involve raising taxes or creating a new tax, and it does involve making sure our Main Street retailers are able to compete with online retailers on a level playing field.
We applaud Senator Corker for speaking out in favor of online sales tax collection, and we look forward to seeing more and more Republican lawmakers join him.