Marketplace Fairness Bill May Go Straight to Vote
- Sales Tax News
- Apr 17, 2013 | Gail Cole
Senator Reid filed a motion last night "to begin the process of putting the … Marketplace Fairness Act on the Senate's calendar." In the best case scenario, "[t]he bill could come up for a vote as early as next week." More likely, it will take longer; the Senate is currently debating the Safe Communities, Safe Schools Act of 2013, a measure that regards gun control.
David French, a lobbyist for the National Retail Federation, called Sen. Reid's idea "a very positive sign." He believes a strong show of support in the Senate will "help build momentum in the House."
Senator Baucus, however, is sure to continue opposing the bill. "The proposal is fraught with problems and could end up costing Montana businesses big money to track thousands of different sales tax codes around the country." Since Montana does not have a general sales tax, Montana businesses are not set up to collect them. Sen Baucus told MTM News, "The answer is not to put the burden on non-sales tax states to try to collect those taxes.