Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Rep. Bob Goodlatte says U.S. Senate’s version of Marketplace Fairness Act a no go

Rep. Bob Goodlatte at online workshop in Feb. 2013 at the Taubman Museum

Rep. Bob Goodlatte at online workshop in Feb. 2013 at the Taubman Museum

The “Marketplace Fairness Act” is the term used for mandating sales tax for online purchases to more fairly compete with brick and mortar businesses. On Wednesday in response to a request for an update Virginia’s 6th district Congressman Bob Goodlatte said in an email via Beth Breeding his Communications Director:

Chairman Goodlatte: “In September, the House Judiciary Committee released a set of seven principles to serve as a framework for any future proposals regarding an online sales tax.  These principles underline my position that states should not be allowed to impose excessive regulatory burdens on out-of-state companies, should not be allowed to discriminate against online or brick-and-mortar businesses, and should not be creating new or discriminatory taxes not faced in the offline world.  The Committee’s aim in releasing the seven principles was to generate a hearty debate involving both sides, and we will continue to work with interested parties on all sides of the issue.  In response to the principles the Committee released, the Committee has received ideas on alternative approaches to this issue that we intend to examine in more detail in the coming months.  However, as I have previously stated, I have serious concerns regarding the Marketplace Fairness Act passed by the Senate and do not believe this legislation is the answer.”

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Posted By Valerie Garner

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Terry Huxhold

January 23rd, 2014 at 5:09 AM    

When you shop at a brick and mortar store here in Virginia, they do not ask for state of residency you are charged the states sales tax plain and simple. It should be the same way with internet sales, you pay the sales tax to the state you buy if from. Internet businesses should only have to collect tax from the point of sale, not for all 50 states.

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