Industry-Backed Proposal on Treatment of Daily Deal Transactions Fails

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An effort by the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board Inc. to create a uniform tax rule governing “deal-of-the-day” vouchers collapses when the measure is narrowly defeated by a small group of states already administering different tax treatment schemes. Despite the defeat, two industry representatives tell BNA the vote suggests the 24 so-called “streamlined states’’ are headed toward an interpretive rule that requires retailers to impose sales taxes on vouchers based on the amount a consumer pays for the voucher, rather than on the generally higher face value of the voucher. This approach, forwarded by officials in Tennessee and supported by industry players such as Groupon and Living Social, achieves the goals of uniformity and simple administration.

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