Will Arizona Simplify Sales Tax for Businesses?
- Sales Tax News
- Feb 14, 2013 | Gail Cole
During her State of the State address, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) vowed to fix what she called "a business owner's nightmare" -- otherwise known as the state sales tax system. She is not the only person in the state who thinks it needs fixing. When she recently introduced legislation "aimed at simplifying the State's Transaction Privilege Tax (sales tax) code," she was "joined at the State Capitol by a broad coalition made up of dozens of Arizona businessmen and women, legislators and public policy leaders who have pleaded for meaningful sales tax reform."
The governor has been working with the Transaction Privilege Tax Force since last spring. The group was tasked with identifying "ways to simplify the sales tax code, reduce taxpayer confusion and improve compliance and efficiency." It presented its final report to the governor, the Senate President and the Speaker of the House in December of last year. The proposed legislation was "crafted around these Task Force recommendations."
If approved as written, the legislation would "move the State to a simpler system in which business owners have a single point of contact, payment and audit." Currently in Arizona, businesses have "multiple points of contact, multiple payments and multiple audits."
Arizona may well be on the right path. If the Marketplace Act of 2013 -- introduced today -- passes, states will be required to "implement "minimum simplification requirements" in order to require remote vendors to collect and remit sales tax on their behalf.
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