Boehner Says He's Against Online Sales Tax Bill as Passed by Senate

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By Marc Heller and Aaron E. Lorenzo

As the focus of a Senate-passed online sales tax bill shifted to the House, key lawmakers signaled that the Senate's fast-track approach will not be repeated on the other side of the Capitol--if the measure survives at all.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) May 7 said he does not support the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743) as passed by the Senate a day earlier, expressing concern about businesses' ability to comply (88 DTR G-3, 5/7/13). The legislation's first stop will be the House Judiciary Committee, he said, rejecting any notion of expediting the measure.

That committee's chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), said in a statement May 6 that “consideration in the House will be more thoughtful.”

The Senate and House bills would allow states to compel retailers in other states to collect sales taxes for online sales. Retailers with less than $1 million in annual remote sales would be exempted.

The House bill is H.R. 684, sponsored by Reps. Steve Womack (R-Ark.) and Jackie Speier (D-Calif.).

Boehner's spokesman, Michael Steel, told BNA the speaker would defer to Goodlatte on the issue “but does not support the Senate-passed bill,” which advanced on a 69-27 vote May 6.

Text of the Senate engrossed S. 743 is in TaxCore.

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