House, Senate Work on Compromise Internet Sales-Tax Bill
House and Senate backers of legislation that would give states authority to require online retailers to collect sales taxes from their out-of-state customers are working on a compromise that could be offered before Congress adjourns for the year.
Rep. , R-Ark., introduced legislation in the House last year with Rep. , D-Calif., that would allow states that take steps to simplify their sales-tax regimes to require online and other remote sellers to collect sales taxes from customers who live in states where those businesses have no store or other physical presence. The bill aims to address a loophole created by a 1992 Supreme Court decision, which found that states can't require remote sellers to collect sales taxes from customers in states where they have no store or other physical presence.
Womack told that he has begun working with the authors of Senate legislation, which also aims to close the loophole created by the 1992 Supreme Court decision, to iron out the differences between the two measures. Womack said they want to have a measure ready to go if an opportunity arises to try to attach their bill to another measure before the end of the year.
The biggest difference between the two bills is that the House bill is less prescriptive, Womack said.The bill offered last November by Sens.