Salt Report 3580 – The Senate has re-introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at making it easier for states to collect sales taxes on online purchases. The legislation, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act, passed the Senate in 2013 but was stalled in the House. Several of the bill’s backers co-sponsored the latest iteration: Senators Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. They were joined Tuesday by several new co-sponsors: Senators Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Jack Reed, D-R.I., Bob Corker R-Tenn., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Angus King, Jr., I-Maine.
The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015 would give states the option to require out-of-state businesses, such as those selling online or through catalogs, to collect and use taxes already owed under state law the same way local businesses do. It relies on the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement among states.