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Haley Barbour Calls for Online Sales Tax in Farewell Speech


TheHill.com reports that Gov. Haley Barbour (R), while giving his farewell speech to the Mississippi Legislature, spoke out in support of federal legislation that would enable states to tax online sales.

This is not the fist time that Barbour has spoken out in support of "online sales tax" legislation. On Nov. 29, 2011, he wrote a letter in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act to Senators Enzi and Alexander, in which he addresses the history of political support of the e-commerce industry.

In his farewell address, Barbour urged, "It is time for the federal government to allow Mississippi and every other state to choose to enforce our laws and to collect these [online] taxes." According to Barbour, some estimates suggest that such legislation would allow Mississippi to collect an additional $300 million.

Despite the projected increase in revenue, the governor made it clear that, for him, "This is about being allowed to collect the money that is already owed to us, and our authority to collect is being usurped by the federal government."


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Will Frei
Avalara Author Will Frei
Will Frei covers sales tax news including best practices, legislation and sales tax technology. He is the Social Media Manager at Avalara.