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There's Nothing Fair About the Marketplace Fairness Act

Sandy235 Wrote: Apr 25, 2013 12:17 PM
There is only one way that this could be made fair. First make the citizens in each state responsible for paying the sales taxes the state dictates. (These are the people who do actually pay the tax.) Second, release the local businesses from being tax collectors. This will make them equal to the on-line competition. Third, wait for the backlash. In my state of Illinois, I am tasked with paying sales tax on on-line purchases. However the state does not provide any guidelines as to what is taxable and at what rate. For example some "candy products" are taxable, and some are not based on the ingredients. So until the state provides me with the rules, I have no way of determining how much, if anything, I owe.

IF TRUTH-IN-LABELING rules applied to Congress, the proposed law giving states the power to collect sales tax from out-of-state online retailers would be named the Marketplace Unfairness Act.

Sponsored by Senator Mike Enzi, a Wyoming Republican, and fast-tracked to the Senate floor this week, the legislation would strip away protections that have been in place for decades, unleashing tax-hungry states on merchants they aren't answerable to and tilting the playing field against small Internet retailers.

Under existing law, any state can require businesses within its borders to collect sales taxes from their customers. That applies to shops on Main...