Senate Introduces More Online Sales Tax Legislation

BY CCIA Staff
November 9, 2011

The Computer & Communications Industry Association opposes the Marketplace Fairness Act, the latest bill seeking to impose burdensome state and local tax collecting requirements on online retailers — regardless of physical presence. This bill, introduced today by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Michael Enzi, R-Wyo., is similar to Sen. Durbin’s previous Main Street Fairness Act in that it would draft online vendors into service as remote sales tax collectors.

The following statement can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“Imposing tax collection burdens on small Internet businesses, which are some of the most promising candidates for future economic growth, would be unjustified, unfair and unwise.

“E-commerce has enabled businesses to broaden the scope of their activities beyond traditional geographic limitations. This bill would unfairly place a compliance burden on online retailers for daring to utilize a new legitimate business model that does not fit well with a sales tax system based on physical location. Businesses should not be penalized for utilizing technology and innovation.

“States’ sovereign rights should not be about targeting e-commerce as a convenient source of revenue and dumping the collection burden on online retailers. What we need are pro-growth policies that foster innovation and progress — rather than protecting existing business models at the expense of consumers and growth.

“We hope that Congress instead takes the approach of last week’s S. Res. 309, sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore. and Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., which opposes imposing burdensome or unfair tax collecting requirements on small online businesses.”

Related Articles

CCIA Recommendations on Canada’s Online News Act Ahead of Committee Hearing

Sep 23, 2022

Washington — The Heritage Committee in the House of Commons of Canada will meet at a  hearing on Friday afternoon to discuss Bill C-18, dubbed “the Online News Act.” The bill would require large “digital news intermediaries” including search engines and social media platforms to pay Canadian news companies to index their content or to…

CCIA Statement on Conclusions of 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, Joint Industry Statement on E-Commerce Moratorium

Jun 17, 2022

Washington – The WTO’s 12th Ministerial Conference (MC12) took place on June 12-16. Trade ministers met to review the functioning of the multilateral trading system and to take action on the future work of the WTO.  At the conclusion of these meetings, WTO Members renewed the longstanding moratorium on applying customs duties on electronic transmissions, often…

Product Safety: CCIA Europe Welcomes European Parliament Vote on New EU Rules

Jun 16, 2022

Brussels, BELGIUM — Today, the European Parliament’s Internal Market Committee (IMCO) adopted its position on the proposed General Product Safety Regulation (GPSR). The aim of these new rules is to update the European framework that ensures the safety of products sold offline and online in the EU. The Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA Europe)…