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Internet Sales Tax Axed From Omnibus Spending Bill

Bipartisan opposition to the Remote Transactions Parity Act has resulted in the legislation not being included in the omnibus.

By NTK Staff | 03.22.2018 @5:00pm
Internet Sales Tax Axed From Omnibus Spending Bill

After fierce bipartisan opposition over including an internet sales tax in the omnibus spending bill, which must be passed before a March 23 deadline, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC) has indicated the measure will not be included.

Rep. Kristi Noem (R-SD) proposed the Remote Transactions Parity Act, which “would allow states to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes for them on purchases made by their residents.”

The proposed legislation was opposed by a bipartisan group of legislators, including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ron Wyden (D-OR).

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

“The internet has democratized small business,” Cruz said about the proposed legislation. “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.”

The Wall Street Journal editorial board bashed the idea of adding the Remote Transactions Parity Act, calling the move a “political scam.”

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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