Debate Over Taxing Internet Sales

Debate Over Taxing Internet Sales

The Senate moves forward on an Internet sales tax bill: What the measure could mean for consumers, online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores.

The Senate is likely to move ahead this week on a bill that would allow states to tax Internet sales. All but four states require brick and mortar retailers to charge their customers sales tax. Online retailers have been exempt. Customers who buy on the internet are supposed to be keeping track of their on-line purchases and paying taxes due on their own, but this happens rarely. Opponents of the law argue it would be an administrative nightmare for small online sellers to comply with the all the different state sales tax rules and an added expense for consumers. Please join us to discuss the pros and cons of taxing internet sales.

Guests

Jonathan Weisman

congressional reporter, The New York Times.

Brian Bieron

senior director of federal government relations, Ebay.

Rachelle Bernstein

tax counsel, National Retail Federation.

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