Online Sales Tax Could Run into Trouble in U.S. House

Measure is expected to win Senate approval today.

Demise of Online Advantage Seen Exaggerated With Congress: Taxes
 
Richard Rubin

 

The end of tax-free Internet shopping isn’t here yet.

Grover Norquist

Many Republicans will be wary of advancing the bill quickly. Grover Norquist, the anti-tax advocate, opposes it, and House leaders are reluctant to highlight issues that divide the party. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia haven’t commented publicly on the measure’s prospects in their chamber.

Free Software

Even though the bill requires states to provide retailers with free software to calculate the correct sales tax, that isn’t easily integrated with retailers’ systems or employees, Davison said.

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