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Bipartisan Group of Senators Oppose the Internet Sales Tax

What could possibly bring Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) together?

By NTK Staff | 03.14.2018 @1:00pm
Bipartisan Group of Senators Oppose the Internet Sales Tax

Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) definitely make something of a political odd couple, but the two are united in their opposition to adding online sales tax legislation to an omnibus spending bill currently under consideration in Congress.

Steve Daines (R-MT) and the leaders of several conservative-leaning nonprofits joined Cruz and Wyden on Tuesday in voicing their opposition to online sales tax legislation, as proposed by Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD)

Noem’s Remote Transactions Parity Act “would allow states to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes for them on purchases made by their residents.”

“The internet is the great equalizer,” Cruz said Tuesday. “The internet has democratized small business. Unfortunately, wherever freedom flourishes, Washington gets nervous. And almost inevitably, regulators and tax collectors see people prospering on the internet, and they want to tax it, regulate it, and otherwise stifle its growth.”

“Congress just lowered taxes. President Trump just signed a bill to lower taxes. I think it would be egregious if Congress moved forward here and attached a tax increase to this omnibus spending bill,” Daines said about the proposed legislation on Tuesday.

Wyden added that the proposed legislation “would create an underground, nationwide, privatized tax-collecting bureaucracy,’ if it passed.

The executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union said that the Remote Transactions Parity Act would be “profoundly damaging” to consumers and businesses. And the vice president of legislative affairs for FreedomWorks said that the proposed legislation was “cronyism at its worst.”

A poll conducted by Rasmussen found that 66 percent “of respondents said they opposed a sales tax on items purchased online, even if the store is not located in their state.”

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