United States senators are continuing the oftentimes heated debate over online sales tax for states – to pay, or not to pay?
To address the ongoing issue, senators Mike Enzi (R-Wy.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) recently introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2017. The Senate approved a previous version in 2013, but that bill never received a vote in the House.
Either way, Enzi and the other senators contend the legislation would give states the right to collect the sales and use taxes they are owed under current law from out-of-state businesses or online retailers.
“The Marketplace Fairness Act is about supporting jobs and services we have in our towns, while ensuring states have the ability to collect taxes they are owed – if they choose to,” Enzi recently pointed out in a press release. “Right now, thousands of local brick and mortar businesses are forced to do business at a competitive disadvantage because they have to collect sales and use taxes – and remote sellers do not. This legislation promotes Internet fairness by putting Main Street businesses on a level playing field with online retailers. In 2013, the Senate passed this bill with bipartisan support. It’s time to give states the right to enforce their own laws – without having to get permission from Washington.”