House Introduces Internet Sales Tax Bill

Sourcing Journal quotes CEI`s Jessica Melugin on the Internet Sales Tax Bill:

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Rep. Steve Womack (R-AR) on Monday introduced the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), a bill that would allow states to collect taxes on remote and online sales in 45 states and the District of Columbia, whether the retailers have a physical presence within their borders or not.

The bipartisan group of lawmakers says this would level the playing field between online-only sellers and local brick-and-mortar retailers. …

Not everyone shared the same gung-ho enthusiasm, however. “Chaffetz’s new tax grab erodes healthy tax competition among states, puts consumers’ information at higher risk and ushers in a regime of taxation without representation,” claimed Jessica Melugin, adjunct analyst at Washington, D.C.-based think tank Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI).