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Marketplace Fairness Act enforcing Internet sales tax passed by Senate

updated 11:54 pm EDT, Mon April 22, 2013

Bill requires businesses with $1 million annual sales to collect sales tax

The US Senate voted to move the online sales tax bill forward. The bill, known as the "Marketplace Fairness Act," will mandate collection of sales tax for purchases even across state lines by companies having annual online sales of more than $1 million per year. The bill was passed by a 74-20 margin, greatly exceeding the 60 votes is needed for cloture.

"We've had a lot of innovation in the online space, but federal laws have failed to keep pace," remarked bill supporter Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO). "Today, nearly one in ten sales occur online, it just makes common sense ... the Marketplace Fairness Act is about equitable treatment for all sales."

Opponents of the bill call it a gateway for future Internet regulation. Additionally, the $1 million threshold for tax collection is seen by those wanting to stop the bill as too low, and contrary to existing federal regulations which sets the definition of "small businesses" at sales equal or less than $30 million dollars per year.

Proponents have called it a bill to even the scales for all companies from a sales standpoint, both those with heavy Internet presences, and those without. Additionally, the bill is expected to boost state sales tax income, should the measure become law. If the bill reaches the White House, President Obama is expected to sign it into law.

by MacNN Staff




  1. kerryb

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 08-05-01

    $30 million and under in sales is considered a small business?

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    My question is why the state I live in should receive sales tax on a product I bought in another state. It's ironic Senate republicans passed a new "tax." I just wish they would pass laws on background checks for gun purchases, something 92% of Americans really want and something that wouldn't cost taxpayers much money.

  1. Eldernorm

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 09-26-07

    kerry, sales is based upon the selling price. And yes $10 million (per the bill) is really way to low.

    I also have to wonder how they figure what tax to collect as most states figure tax by county so the numbers are all over the place. Hey, I wonder if ebay can sell me the hard drive for 1Cent and add $99 for shipping and handling?????

  1. mgpalma

    Forum Regular

    Joined: 09-27-00

    And as always raising taxes, ont the consumers, will further boost the reducing consumption ;)

    mind-boggling...term limits much

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