Senate Turns Attention to Internet Sales Tax Bill

After a firearms bill bogged down on the Senate Floor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has made a move to bring up legislation that would enable state governments to collect sales taxes from online retailers, even if the retailer is not physically located in that state. This would effectively overturn 1992 Supreme Court ruling in Quill Corporation v. North Dakota declaring that states cannot force those retailers not physically present in that state to collect sales taxes on behalf of the state. Leader Reid’s procedural move aims to bring the bill (S.743) directly to the Senate Floor, bypassing the Finance Committee led by Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT), who is among those opposing it. 


By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations

Published: April 19, 2013