Amazon Supports Remote Sales Tax Legislation
- Jan 29, 2013 | Gail Cole
Online retail giant Amazon.com has reportedly hired "the biggest lobby shop in Washington" to encourage lawmakers to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act in 2013. Patton Boggs is a "world-class law firm" that is "famous for influencing public policy."
In 2012, Amazon spent "$2.5 million lobbying on the Marketplace Fairness Act and other matters… ." Speaking before the Senate Commerce Committee last August, Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president for global public policy, said:
"Sellers should compete on a level playing field. Congress should not exempt too many sellers from interstate collection, for these sellers will obtain a lasting un-level playing field advantage versus Main Street and other retailers. Congress should rectify the current imbalance and avoid a future imbalance."
While Amazon has fought collecting sales tax in several states, it has agreed to collect taxes in others. In 2012, Amazon began collecting sales and use tax in California, Texas and Pennsylvania. It is scheduled to start collecting tax in Arizona, Massachusetts and New Jersey in 2013, and in Nevada in 2014, unless federal legislation requires earlier collection.
However in Georgia, where House Bill 386 expanded the definition of who must collect sales tax to include online vendors like Amazon (effective January 1, 2013), there is as yet no evidence that Amazon is complying.
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