Internet Sales Tax Bill Passes Senate, Moves to U.S. House

 

On March 11, 2013, a coalition of 15 taxpayer advocate groups wrote to Congress explaining the reasons why the proposal to tax internet commerce would be a disastrous idea:

 

[The Internet Sales Tax Bill] would countenance an enormous expansion in state tax collection authority by wiping away the “physical presence standard,” a baseline protection that shields taxpayers from harassment by out-of-state collectors. Current law dictates that a state can only require a business to collect its sales tax if it is physically present within its boundaries. Far from a “loophole” intended to advantage the Internet, it is the result of a Supreme Court decision grounded in a bedrock foundational principle of tax policy: states must not be allowed to extend their taxation and regulatory authorities beyond their borders. Dismantli

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