GOP Lawmakers Push Online Sales Tax Reform

“GOP lawmakers reignited the online sales tax debate,” according to The Hill, “rolling out a new bill that they said could assuage previous Republican concerns about the issue.”

“The bill, from House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and a group of 15 other House members, would give states greater latitude to charge sales taxes on online purchases from out-of-state customers… Chaffetz and Womack both stressed that their bill would finally bring parity to the issue of taxing online sales. The Supreme Court has said that states can only collect sales taxes from companies that have a physical location within their borders.”

“Both Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have shown little interest in the issue, which divides Republicans far more than it does Democrats. Most Democrats back online sales tax legislation, while some of the Marketplace Fairness Act’s loudest critics were GOP presidential contenders like Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul (R-KY).”

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