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Governors Urge Speaker Ryan to Level the Playing Field


 Governors urge Speaker Ryan to seek level playing field.

Paul Ryan (R-WI) is now officially Speaker of the House of Representatives. As his predecessor John Boehner leaves the speakership with relief, Mr. Ryan says he is ready to get to work. First up: “Congress should prioritize, among other things, overhauling the tax code.”

The governors of the nation have sent Speaker Ryan a welcome letter congratulating him on his new position and applauding his “willingness to take on this weighty assignment.” They also share with him “several guiding principles to ensure the proper balance between state and federal action,” and highlight several bills that “if enacted would promote a strong state-federal relationship.” These include “measures to level the playing field for all businesses by allowing states to collect sales taxes from remote businesses selling into our states.”

They’re referencing the Marketplace Fairness Act, a version of which has been tossed around the capitol for years, and the more recently introduced Remote Transactions Parity Act. Both bills seek to expand the taxing authority of states to include certain remote sales. Although many state governments are in favor of such legislation, to date all such proposals have been blocked at the federal level.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.