February 14, 2013
Congress sent states that have been losing billions of dollars in uncollected sales tax a valentine today with the introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that will give states the authority to require online retailers to collect sales tax.
Identical bills were introduced in both the House (HR.684) and the Senate (S.336). Similar legislation was introduced last year but expired when Congress ended its session in early January.
Momentum seems to be on the side of legislation. Let’s hope it passes quickly!
November 30, 2011
House Judiciary Committee hearing
Tomorrow, November 30, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “constitutional limitations on states’ authority to collect sales tax in e-commerce”—in other words, on whether states can or should be able to require online retailers to collect sales tax.
With three online sales tax collection bills before Congress and the holiday retail season heating up, it’s no surprise that Congress is moving to act on the issue.
The witness list includes one small business owner; senior executives from eBay, Overstock.com, and Amazon; Texas State Representative John Otto; and Indiana State Senator Luke Kenley, who is also president of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board.
We’re pleased to see Congress moving ahead on the issue!