Phil Bond appeared on the Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live
We R Here Coalition Executive Director, Phil Bond, appeared on the Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live program on Thursday, March 7, to discuss Internet sales taxes as part of a “Google Hangout” panel. Phil was joined on the panel by Huffington Post state government reporter John Celock, Kansas State Rep. J.R. Claeys, Reason Foundation Policy Analyst Steven Titch and R Street Institute’s Andrew Moylan.
We think it is important to remind people that what states want to do within their borders is not the issue. This is about Congress giving states the power to reach over their own borders and into other states to collect sales tax on purchases by its residents. If the Marketplace Fairness Act is passed by Congress, it would do just that. Currently, retailers are not required to collect sales tax where they do not have a physical presence. Supporters of the so-called 'Marketplace Fairness Act' call this a “loophole,” while it is actually the physical presence standard, a firmly grounded constitutional doctrine that has been in place for over two decades since the Supreme Court ruled to protect businesses and their customers from predatory tax administrators. The physical presence safeguard helps protect taxpayers from many types of aggressive policies that could affect income, property and other taxes. Watch the debate and let us know what you think!