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Vermont Considering Jumping the Amazon Bandwagon

  • Jan 9, 2012 | Susan McLain

Vermont has remote seller legislation in place. However, that legislation merely gives Vermont the power to require remote sellers to collect IF everyone else does it (or at least 15 other states with similar legislation).

After careful perusal of the economic climate and choices the state has, Representative Jeff Wilson determined “It’s only fair to subject remote sellers to the same sales tax requirements that local bricks-and-mortar stores must abide by,” according to a report by Tax Analysts.  By repealing the 15-state requirement in their current legislation, and adopting similar key elements as California’s AB 155, Wilson feels that not only will the responsibilities for sales tax collection be more equitable, but that it will “…prevent the erosion of Vermont’s sales tax base.”

When Tax Analysts asked Rebecca Madigan, executive director of the Performance Marketing Association what her group feels about this, she indicated that “…her group fully supports federal sales tax reform legislation” over the state-by-state method.

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”