Lawmakers Reintroduce Online Sales Tax LegislationSubmitted by Ed Thinking on Fri, 02/15/2013 - 10:22
A bipartisan group of senators will renew their push for online sales tax legislation on Thursday.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) plans to re-introduce the Marketplace Fairness Act, along with Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), according to Christina Mulka, a spokeswoman for Durbin.
Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.), Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), John Conyers (D-Mich.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) will introduce identical companion legislation in the House, Mulka said.
She explained that the new bill will combine various proposals from last Congress and includes revisions aimed at winning over skeptics.
Under current law, states can only collect sales taxes from retailers that have a physical presence in their state. People who order items online from another state are supposed to declare the purchases on their tax forms, but few do.