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Will Idaho Internet Sales Tax Gain Traction This Year?

  • Feb 22, 2012 | Susan McLain

UPDATE: [02/29/2012] The Associated Press reports that the Idaho bill to tax Internet sales did not pass the House Revenue and Taxation Committee.

Idaho State’s House Revenue and Taxation Committee approved by a vote of 12-6 to introduce a measure allowing the state to require Internet retailers to collect Idaho state sales tax. But will it go any farther? Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter supports the measure but “[a] similar 2012 push made it this far…but was shelved by House Speaker Lawerence [sic] Denney without testimony.”

Newspapers and online news media are saying that, “House lawmakers want to hear from businesses in Idaho about the latest plan to join a national effort to tax Internet sales.” One report states that “…there’s strong sentiment among some lawmakers that collecting sales tax on out-of-state Internet purchases will level the competitive playing field for Idaho brick-and-mortar businesses that must collect sales tax when they make a sale.”

On the flip side, there seems to be “strong resistance” from at least one House Representative, Lenore Barrett, who is reported to have “…complained that bringing this up again this year is like beating a dead horse.”

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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.”