Marketplace Fairness Act (Internet Tax)

Nothing defines members of congress more accurately than how they vote on key issues. Far more often than not, you’ll find Tom Udall’s votes on the “wrong” side of important bills! Reference supporting article links below.

What This Bill Does:

This bill would require online business to become a tax collector for all the states in which their customers live. The online businesses would have to know the tax laws of all the states their customers live in, collect taxes to return to those states, and also be subject to audits for their mistakes. States could create large tax and regulation requirements on out of state on line business that would force them out of business and thus deny citizens who like to buy online. In many ways it would shrink the online businesses in this country, impact jobs, and potentially shut down an entire industry.

Brick and mortar business concerns only have to collect tax for the state they are located in.

What Vote Aids Middle America: “No”

What Tom Udall Voted: “Yes”

Americans like to shop online and enjoy the price and variety of products they can buy and have delivered to their home. Online shopping is a different business model than brick and mortar shopping. There is no reason to make shopping difficult. If states decide to tax their own citizens for things they buy online that is their decision. Expecting Texas to collect a sales tax from a New Mexican who buys something from a Texas business, then send the money back to New Mexico, is a logistical nightmare. Brick and Mortar concerns don’t need special protection. There are many cases where a person shops on line precisely because he or she can’t find a product in a physical store. Complicating the buying of products online is not a wise thing to do. The Federal government doesn’t have any business trying to legislate this.