Wisconsin Governor Would Swap Income Tax for Remote Sales Tax
- Jun 4, 2013 | Gail Cole
The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 (MFA) is still in The Waiting Place, biding its time in the U.S. House. While the legislation did well in the Senate--easily passing in a 69-27 vote—it may find the House Judiciary Committee to be a tougher crowd.
“As you consider any Marketplace legislation, I thought it would be helpful for you to have insight into discussions that have occurred between my Administration and members of the state legislature.
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue estimates that this federal legislation would result in an estimated $95 million in additional sales tax revenue annually. … I want to make clear, should federal Marketplace legislation become law, my intention would be for any resulting additional revenue [to] be used to provide individual income tax relief for Wisconsin taxpayers.”
An article in Tech Crunch notes that, while “it’s a nice gesture,” any tax relief provided by replacing a portion of income tax with remote sales tax would be negligible. The $95 million additional sales tax revenue in Wisconsin amounts to “about $16/per person, assuming it would be distributed evenly” to Wisconsin’s 5 million residents. According to Forbes, remote sales tax resulting from the Marketplace Fairness Act would cost the average American roughly $167 per year. Therefore, says Tech Crunch, “it’s a net loss.”
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