Skip Navigation

Close and don't show again.

Your browser is out of date.

You may not get the full experience here on National Journal.

Please upgrade your browser to any of the following supported browsers:

Reveal Navigation

Durbin Moves to Tax E-Commerce Durbin Moves to Tax E-Commerce Durbin Moves to Tax E-Commerce Durbin Moves to Tax E-Com...

This ad will end in seconds
Close X

Not a member? Learn More »

Forget Your Password?

Don't have an account? Register »

Reveal Navigation



Durbin Moves to Tax E-Commerce

July 29, 2011

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he plans to introduce a bill on Friday requiring online retailers to collect state sales taxes, closing what brick-and-mortar retailers have long said is a "loophole" that gives companies such as Amazon and eBay an unfair advantage.

His bill would revisit a 1992 Supreme Court ruling that states cannot force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes from customers unless the company has a physical presence in the state. The bill would let states collect sales taxes based on where the customers live, rather than where the retailer is located.

Similar bills have been introduced in previous years. States like the plan because they would collect extra cash in a tough year for balancing budgets.

"The Main Street Fairness Act doesn't ask anyone to pay a single penny more in taxes. Instead, it would help governors and mayors collect taxes that are already owed," Durbin said earlier this year when he announced his plan.

"Between 2009 and 2012, states across the country, including Illinois, are expected to lose as much as $37 billion in uncollected state and local taxes on internet and catalogue sales. From 2005 to 2010 the state of Illinois estimated it lost $153 million each year."

Major retailers were pleased to see their issue move forward.

"This is a solid first step toward closing this loophole and getting government out of the business of picking winners and losers. We'll be working in the weeks and months ahead to build support for a bipartisan solution," said Jason Brewer, vice president of communications and advocacy at the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which includes Wal-Mart and Target.

You May Find These of Interest
Get us in your feed.
Job Board
Search Jobs
Inspector Test/Assembly, Elect
Lockheed Martin | Littleton, CO
Business Process Anlyst
Lockheed Martin | Chantilly, VA
Systems Administrator
Lockheed Martin | Hanover, MD
Software Engineer - Carson CA
Lockheed Martin | Carson, CA
Software Engineer Stf-Java
Lockheed Martin | Hanover, MD
Systems Engineer-IT - Arlington, VA
Lockheed Martin | Washington, DC
Lockheed Martin | Bethesda, MD
Security Alarm Tech/Electrician
Lockheed Martin | Fairfax, VA
Mult Func Fin Analyst Asc
Lockheed Martin | Liverpool, NY
Mechanical Engineer
Lockheed Martin | Littleton, CO
College Student Tech
Lockheed Martin | King of Prussia, PA
Systems Engineer Stf
Lockheed Martin | Washington, DC
Engineering Analyst
Lockheed Martin | Melville, NY
Intelligence Analyst Stf
Lockheed Martin | Springfield, VA