ADOTAS — The federal government might soon trump the state to state fight to stop online sales taxes.
Congress is expected to introduce a bill this week that would force retailers like eBay and Amazon.com to start collecting sales taxes on behalf of states from people who shop online or through mail order, according to the NY Post. California affiliate members were trying to scuttle a change in the tax law that would force companies with no physical presence in the state to collect taxes there. This would trump that fight.
New York has recently passed a similar bill, nicknamed the Amazon Tax. Both Amazon and Overstock have fought the law and lost, but both are appealing. While Amazon continued in New York, Overstock ended its partnerships with affiliates.
“This would be fiscal relief for the states that wouldn’t require any money from the federal government,” Neal Osten told the Post. Osten, a senior policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures, which is drafting the bill, pointed to a recent study that said state sales tax collections fell to their lowest levels in 50 years at the end of 2008.
Expected to be introduced by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-WYO, and Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-MA, is being drafted to make it easier for retailers by requiring states to inform retailers when there’s a change in the tax code, such as a sales tax holiday.