Internet Sales Tax

11 free-market groups to WY legislature: Reject H.B. 19’s unconstitutional tax grab

Dear Wyoming Legislator, On behalf of the millions of members of the undersigned organizations, including thousands of Wyoming residents and taxpayers, we write in strong opposition to H.B. 19, …

R Street opposes Tennessee Department of Revenue Rule 1320-05-01-.129 regarding out-of-state dealers

Dear Chairmen Bell and Faison, On behalf of the R Street Institute, a free-market think tank with expertise in internet sales tax law, I write in strong opposition to …

After years of debate, House committee chair seeks online sales tax compromise for states

From StateScoop: In a release, the free market think tank R Street Institute argued that Goodlatte’s proposals marks a welcome departure from “an unworkable ‘destination sourcing’ system” that would …

Goodlatte online sales tax bill introduction seen aimed at influencing debate this Congress

From Consumer Electronics Daily: It's "going to be so much better to have [OSSA] front and center" as a workable online sales tax compromise going into the fall, particularly …

Key House Republican to unveil sales tax plan for purchases across state lines

From the Wall Street Journal: Those efforts in the states have made the status quo shaky, said Andrew Moylan, executive director of the R Street Institute, a free-market think …

Status seen virtually unchanged in Congress’ online sales tax debate

From Washington Internet Daily: Parties in the online sales tax debate have largely been engaged in a "waiting game" in recent months, and particularly in the Senate, said R …

A tale of two Internet tax bills

Poll after poll demonstrates clearly that Americans oppose Internet taxes. Yet even as Congress is poised to act on a wildly popular bill to bar states from imposing …

20+ Conservative Organizations to South Dakota Legislature: Oppose Online Sales Tax Proposal

February 2, 2016 Dear South Dakota State legislator: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of citizens we represent, we write in strong opposition to the online sales tax …

New poll echoes R Street finding that Utah residents oppose Internet sales taxes

WASHINGTON (Feb. 4, 2016) – A new poll released today shows that Utah residents overwhelmingly oppose Internet-sales-tax collection schemes at the federal and state level that would require …

20+ conservative organizations to Utah State Legislature: Oppose online sales tax proposal

January 27, 2016 Dear Utah State legislator: On behalf of our organizations and the millions of citizens we represent, we write in strong opposition to the online sales tax proposal …

Adventures in opaque polling

Poll after poll show that ordinary Americans simply don’t cotton to the idea of an Internet sales tax, such as those proposed by the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” …

Voters hate the Internet sales tax

With reports building that there might be an attempt to attach misguided Internet sales-tax legislation to a budget deal or to an extension of the commonsense ban on …

Chaffetz swings and misses with Internet sales tax bill

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is the latest to step up to the plate to solve the vexing question of how to apply sales taxes to purchases made online …

R Street spearheading coalition to fight the Remote Transactions Parity Act

WASHINGTON (June 16, 2015) – The R Street Institute today announced the formation of a coalition of nearly 20 groups representing millions of citizens opposed to a new …

Coalition letter opposing Remote Transactions Parity Act

Dear Representative, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to the so-called Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA). Despite what …

R Street opposes new Internet sales tax bill

WASHINGTON (June 15, 2015) – The R Street Institute expressed deep disappointment at today's introduction of new Internet sales tax legislation, the so-called "Remote Transactions Parity Act" sponsored …

Moylan on the Heartland Daily Podcast

R Street Executive Director Andrew Moylan recently joined Jesse Hathaway, managing editor of the Heartland Institute's Budget & Tax News, for a discussion of recently reintroduced proposals to …

Letter to U.S. Senate: Oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act

Dear Senator, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” (MFA). Despite what some …

R Street warns so-called ‘Marketplace Fairness Act’ is anything but

WASHINGTON (March 11, 2015) – The R Street Institute expressed disappointment at yesterday’s reintroduction of the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” in the U.S. Senate. This poorly designed bill …

Our work speaks for itself

One of the more dispiriting trends of the political left in recent years has been the growing tendency to do battle, not by engaging with ideas, but through …

Letter to Congress: Oppose the Marketplace and Internet Tax Fairness Act!

    Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to S. 2609, the so-called "Marketplace and Internet …

Poll: Kentucky voters reject Internet sales tax law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 4, 2014) -- When it comes to a federal law allowing out-of-state tax collectors to reach into the pockets of Kentucky’s online merchants, by a …

Letter to U.S. Senate on permanent Internet tax moratorium

    Dear Senators, On behalf of the undersigned, we encourage you to pass a clean permanent extension of the Internet Tax Moratorium, and commend the House of Representatives on passage …

Moylan talks Internet sales tax on Radio Iowa

R Street Executive Director Andrew Moylan and Pete Sepp from the National Taxpayers Union joined host host Kay Henderson of the Learfield Radio Network's Radio Iowa to discuss …

Overwhelming opposition to Internet sales tax scheme continues in week 2 of multi-state poll tour

WASHINGTON (July 11, 2014) - The second week of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and R Street Institute’s 20-state tour to announce poll results relating to the Marketplace Fairness …

Moylan talks Internet sales tax on the Bill LuMaye Show

R Street Executive Director Andrew Moylan was a guest on the Bill LuMaye Show on Raleigh, N.C.'s WPTF (NewsRadio 680/TalkRadio 850) to discuss federal proposals to allow states …

Tour featuring new polling on unpopular Internet sales tax scheme hits the road

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2014) – Today, National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and the R Street Institute begin a 20-state tour to announce new poll results showing just how toxic the …

Scott Rigell tries to resurrect totally discredited Marketplace Fairness Act

I'll say one positive thing about supporters of the Marketplace Fairness Act: they're nothing if not persistent. They've been trying to hammer a square peg into a round …

Florida pivotal in Internet tax battle

This piece was co-authored by R Street Florida Director Christian Camara. A misleading piece of federal legislation, called the "Marketplace Fairness Act," passed the U.S. Senate last year. Contrary …

Mehrens confused about impact of Internet sales tax initiative

Nathan Mehrens is confused about the Internet sales tax issue and the so-called "Marketplace Fairness Act," which he praises as addressing a "competitive advantage" enjoyed by online retailers …

R Street testifies on alternatives to Internet sales tax

WASHINGTON (March 12, 2014) - Allowing states to apply sales taxes where a retailer is located, rather than where a consumer lives, offers a fairer and more efficient …

Testimony to House Judiciary Committee on Internet sales tax

In March 12 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, R Street Institute Senior Fellow Andrew Moylan noted that S. 743, the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), would undermine …

House to hold hearings on Internet sales tax

The issue seemed to be dead going into 2014, but some House Republicans — those who seem determined to find a way to raise taxes — are planning …

Obama’s SBA spent $80,000 in taxpayer money on study to promote Internet sales tax

There's wasteful spending and then there's wasteful spending, Chicago-style. File this under the latter. To translate the bureaucrat-ese at the link for you, this is an award notice for …

Hot new national security priority: taxing Internet sales

Wait, what? Yes, according to rumblings on Capitol Hill, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., will once again attempt to attach the Reid-Durbin-Obama Internet sales tax bill known as the Marketplace …

Politicians who support the Internet sales tax face a rude ballot-box awakening

This piece was co-authored by Pete Sepp, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union. According to conventional political wisdom, selling a bad tax idea to voters is simple …

Goodlatte’s principles help reset Internet sales tax debate

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., released his long-awaited Basic Principles on Remote Sales Tax yesterday. In seven commendably brief points, Goodlatte lays out the most important …

Marketplace Fairness Act: bad policy, REALLY bad politics

A new poll released last week by the R Street Institute and National Taxpayers Union found strong opposition across the board to new Internet sales tax legislation like the so-called …

New poll shows bipartisan, across-the-board, dislike of Internet sales tax

WASHINGTON (Sept. 12, 2013) -- A new national comprehensive survey commissioned by National Taxpayers Union and the R Street Institute finds that Americans overwhelmingly oppose new legislation, like the …

Marketplace Fairness Act supporters write facepalm-worthy letter

Last week, a coalition ostensibly made up of four groups (Let Freedom Ring, American Majority, 60 Plus, and Americans for Job Security) released a letter (PDF) urging support of the …

Yes, the Marketplace Fairness Act does authorize a sales tax audit bonanza

The so-called “Marketplace Fairness Coalition,” one of a half-dozen groups using big-box retailer cash to organize support of Internet sales tax legislation, sent a very interesting letter last …

R Street laments Senate passage of so-called ‘Marketplace Fairness Act’

WASHINGTON (May 6, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today expressed disappointment at U.S. Senate passage of S. 743, the Internet sales tax bill known as the "Marketplace …

Yes, the Marketplace Fairness Act does authorize a sales tax audit bonanza

The so-called "Marketplace Fairness Coalition," one of a half-dozen groups using big-box retailer cash to organize support of Internet sales tax legislation, sent a very interesting letter yesterday …

Top 10 bogus arguments for the Marketplace Fairness Act

Whenever there are tens of millions of dollars worth of lobbying muscle behind a piece of legislation, folks seem willing to say just about anything to make a …

Senate shuts off debate on ill-conceived Marketplace Fairness Act

WASHINGTON (April 25, 2013) -- The R Street Institute today lamented today's cloture vote by the U.S. Senate closing off debate on S. 743, the Internet sales tax …

Oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act

April 19, 2013 Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to S. 743, the so-called "Marketplace …

REMINDER: Conservative groups oppose so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act”

After a sham vote during the debate over its budget resolution, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has apparently decided to engage ludicrous speed on the egregiously flawed legislation known …

Don’t tax the Internet

Senate Republicans will face a fork in the road this week when Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., forces a vote on a measure paving the way for expanded state …

The ‘deficit-neutral reserve fund’ game to corner conservatives on Internet Sales Taxes

Later this week, the Senate is likely to vote on a "deficit-neutral reserve fund" amendment regarding internet sales taxes, couched in terms of state sales and use tax …

An open letter to the United States Congress: Oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act

Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of the millions of citizens represented by the undersigned organizations, we write in strong opposition to S. 336, the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act.” …

Moylan on Internet sales tax fight

Senior Fellow Andrew Moylan appeared on the Huffington Post's HuffPost Live program to discuss Internet sales taxes as part of a "Google Hangout" panel that also included Huffington …

Conservatives should run, not walk, away from so-called ‘Marketplace Fairness Act’

Despite what its supporters claim, the reintroduced “Marketplace Fairness Act” is bad news for conservative principles and limited government. If it were to pass, it would tear down …

Don’t let states tax beyond their borders

Current federal legislation, called the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate and the Marketplace Equity Act in the House, would undermine basic taxpayer protections, create an unleveled playing …

The ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ of the Fiscal Cliff

With the end of the year fast approaching, the conversation about how Congress should address the “fiscal cliff” is heating up. If Washington fails to act, the New …

R Street offers ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’ for lame duck Congress

WASHINGTON (Dec. 3, 2012) –-There’s any number of legislative avenues down which the ongoing negotiations in Congress to avert the so-called “fiscal cliff” could ultimately proceed, but some …

Internet Sales Tax Threat Grows Larger

The threat of Congress passing damaging Internet sales tax collection legislation grew larger this week, as Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) has filed his Marketplace Fairness Act as an …

The room is getting smokier on Internet sales taxes

I recently wrote about what I called the "smoky room" strategy to pass Internet sales tax collection legislation in Congress. I worried out loud about an effort by …

The smoky room strategy on Internet sales tax collection

In my first post here at R Street, I'm going to continue beating a drum that I spent a lot of time pounding in my prior work at the National …

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