About the Online Sales Tax Provision
Rep. Noem made an aggressive push to add the online sales tax legislation to the bill last minute. As The Hill explains:
Supporters of the legislation argue that it will allow states to collect money already owed to them and put online retailers on the same playing field as brick-and-mortar stores. They also argue that there’s urgency for Congress to act now, before the Supreme Court acts on a case on the topic this year.
However, opponents of internet sales tax argue it would hurt small online retailers, is opposed by the public and should go through “the regular legislative process” after the Supreme Court rules on the Wayfair v. South Dakota case.
After the recent Supreme Court arguments, it will be interesting to see how they rule, and how Congress may react to its decision.
What Else Was Included?
While the list was extensive, we think it’s worth mentioning that, while Republicans were hoping to designate funds to begin construction on the President’s proposed border wall, Democrats didn’t concede. Instead, the bill provides, “Nearly $1.6 billion for border security, but not for an increase in detention beds or federal deportation agents…the deal includes $641 million for new fencing, including levees, but does not allocate money for a concrete wall.”
As you can imagine, there is a wide variety of other provisions in the bill. Politico provides a nice round-up of what made it in and what was discussed, but ultimately not included.
What do you think of the decision to exclude online sales tax from the bill? Do you think the opposition’s argument to wait until the Supreme Court rules on Wayfair is sound? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
In the meantime, if you have any questions about federal or state sales tax legislation (or really anything relating to multi-state tax issues), please contact us: Miles Consulting Group! We’re happy to provide helpful insight.