internet sales tax
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made it clear that the bill containing the current version of the Marketplace Fairness Act won’t come up for a vote in the House this session.
“The speaker has made clear in the past he has significant concerns about the bill, and it won’t move forward this year,” said spokesman Kevin Smith. “The Judiciary Committee continues to examine the measure and the broader issue. In the meantime, the House and Senate should work together to extend the moratorium on internet taxation without further delay.”
No sooner had the press release hit the air when backers claimed they’d get the bill attached to another piece of must-pass legislation and keep trying for the remainder of the lame-duck congressional session.
The fight is far from over,” claims Stephen Schatz of the National Retail Federation, a supporter of the MFA. The bill has widespread support amidst brick and mortar retailers who say online retailers have an unfair advantage because they do not have to collect sales taxes.
The bill has the unsurprising, mostly partisan support of the democrats and the Obama administration and the opposition of Republicans, conservatives, and anti-tax groups.
Stay tuned for more internet sales tax hijinks and updates as they become available.Charles F. Spielmann
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