U.S. House Introduces New Internet Sales Tax Bill

June 16, 2015

Yesterday, Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT/3) introduced the Remote Transactions Parity Act, legislation that would impose burdensome remote sales tax collection and remittance requirements on Internet-enabled small businesses. This legislation is quite similar to the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) and, if passed into law, will:

  • Compel small internet-enabled businesses to collect and remit sales tax to all 9,600 remote taxing jurisdictions across the country, regardless of where that small business is physically located
  • Give remote states across the country new authority to subject small business currently outside their jurisdictions to expensive and time-consuming audits
  • Disqualify businesses that utilize an electronic marketplace like eBay from an already extremely inadequate small seller exemption

For years, eBay has pushed policymakers to eliminate harmful tax burdens for businesses and consumers, which is why we adamantly oppose this new bill. If you agree that the Remote Transactions Parity Act is bad legislation, tell your members of Congress that you oppose harmful tax laws that stifle business growth and harm consumers.