Internet Sales Tax Back On Senate Agenda

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A bill to authorize states to collect sales taxes from out-of-state Internet vendors is back on the Senate Legislative Calendar. The measure, called the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act - S.2609, would package online sales taxes together with a separate issue —  a 10-year extension of the ban on taxing Internet access.  

Those following the issue will remember the Marketplace Fairness Act, a similar bill launched last year requiring online retailers to charge sales tax just as brick-and-mortar retailers do. That bill passed the Senate in May 2013 only to languish and finally expire in the House of Representatives. 

This new version of last year’s failed effort was introduced on July 15, 2014. Although the sponsor, Sen. Michael Enzi, [R-WY] is a member of the minority party, the measure has bipartisan co-sponsorship and support from the National Retail Federation and International Council of Shopping Centers.

Read the text of the bill at

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