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senate Bill S. 743

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.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Antitrust, Commercial and Administrative Law
  • The senate Passed May 6th, 2013
    Roll Call Vote 69 Yea / 27 Nay
    IntroducedApril 16th, 2013

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What is Senate Bill S. 743?

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 is currently being considered by a House committee as H.R. 684.  


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

Cost of Senate Bill S. 743

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

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

    Yes we need to CONSERVE CLEAN WATER
    Just another tax to get the federal government more money to waste on inanities.
    Brick and mortar businesses are in danger of being outdone in business, but there will always be a need for brick and mortar businesses. Sales taxes help the government to function, but there is no reason for such increased force of such, if there is not a careful hand allowing smaller businesses to be exempt from these increased sales taxes.