The Marketplace Fairness Act has been all over the news in the last two weeks as it’s been debated on the Senate floor. The Senate is recessed for this week, but a vote on the bill is scheduled for Monday, May 6.
Most editorials on the topic have largely been in favor of online sales tax. Among the largest news outlets supporting it are:
- New York Times: “Sales tax fairness,” March 26, 2013
- USA Today: “Internet sales tax long overdue,” April 23, 2013
- Washington Post: “The Senate moves to close the Internet sales tax loophole,” April 23, 2013
(One notable exception to the general trend of support was the Wall Street Journal, whose April 17 editorial “The Internet sales tax rush” was effectively countered by the National Governors Association in a letter published on April 25.)
There have also been a lot of positive editorials from smaller local outlets, including:
- Salt Lake Tribune: “Sales tax fairness,” April 26, 2013
- Star-Ledger (NJ): “Time for online sellers to collect sales tax,” April 27, 2013
- News and Advance (Lynchburg, VA): “Marketplace Fairness Act: A level playing field,” April 28, 2013
- Contra Costa Times (CA): “Time to enforce Internet sales tax that is on books,” April 29, 2013
- Reno Gazette-Journal: “Congress should approve Internet sales tax plan,” April 30, 2013
If you’re interested in reading more, you’ll find a compilation of news articles on the Marketplace Fairness Act on marketplacefairness.org/news.