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house Bill H.R. 684

Sales Tax for Online Retailers

Argument in favor

Increased tax revenues for states and communities. Evens the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses.

Argument opposed

Would force a complete change in the sales tax system across the states. Privacy concerns. Difficult to administer.

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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
    IntroducedFebruary 14th, 2013

What is House Bill H.R. 684?

States would have the option of forcing online and catalog retailers to collect sales tax at the time of a transaction. States would be granted this authority only after they have simplified their tax codes and provided businesses with free software from one of six certified providers. This bill passed Senate last year as S. 743


Impacts both state tax revenues and state tax code compliance for remote sellers.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 684

The CBO estimates no impact on the federal budget.

More Information


NOLO: A 50-State Guide to Internet Tax Laws

Wikipedia: Marketplace Fairness Act

Of Note: 

-Accounting firm McGladrey recently released an in-depth study on the present state of sales and use taxes on remote purchases, and how various approaches might be done. 


Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013

Official Title

To restore States' sovereign rights to enforce State and local sales and use tax laws, and for other purposes.

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