Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013

Status: Introduced by Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) on April 16, 2013. Pased the Senate on May 6, 2013 and is in the House for consideration.

One of the advantages of shopping online is (or was) tax-free shopping. Most states have passed legislation that imposes sales tax on online purchases. According to a Washington Post article by Robert Barnes (12/2/13), The sales tax issue “…is one of the most important in modern retailing.” Offline merchants complain that online stores have an unfair advantage by allowing customers to shop tax free.

In order to remedy this situation, Sen. Michael Enzi (R-WY) introduced S. 336, later revised as S. 743, called the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. Introduced in April 2013, this bill passed the senate and is currently out of committee and in the House. (govtrack.us, 12/2/13) Currently, under federal law, an online shop needs to collect sales tax only if that company has an office or store in that state.

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