What Members Of Congress Said About the IST Hearing

Reuters: “[MFA] ‘Suffers From Fundamental Defects,’ Goodlatte Said…” “But the Senate bill ‘suffers from fundamental defects,’ Goodlatte said, worrying that online businesses could be targeted by state auditors and aggressive state tax agents.” (Patrick Temple-West, “Outlook For Online State Sales Tax Fix Dims In U.S. Congress,” Reuters, http://www.reuters.com/, 3/12/14)

Bloomberg: “Goodlatte Has Rejected The Senate Measure, Maintaining That It’s Too Complex And That Retailers Would Face Audits From States Where They Have No Representation.” (Richard Rubin, “Republicans Search For Path To U.S. Online Sales Tax Bill,” Bloomberg, http://www.bloomberg.com/, 3/12/14)

National Journal: “…Goodlatte Started By Declaring That The Marketplace Fairness…Is A Nonstarter In The Lower Chamber.” “Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte started by declaring that the Marketplace Fairness Act the Senate passed last year—which authorizes states to compel online businesses to pay sales taxes—is a nonstarter in the lower chamber.” (Alex Brown, “House Looks For Best Way To 'Level The Playing Field' With Online Sales Taxes,” National Journal, http://www.nationaljournal.com/, 3/12/14)

IDG News Service: “[MFA]…Has Significant Problems, Including The Public Perception That It Would Be A Tax Increase For Online Shoppers, Said…Goodlatte...” “The Marketplace Fairness Act, passed by a 42-vote majority in the Senate last May, has significant problems, including the public perception that it would be a tax increase for online shoppers, said U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Virginia Republican and the committee chairman.” (Grant Gross, “House Considers Alternatives To Internet Sales Tax Bill,” IDG News Service, http://www.computerworld.com/, 3/12/14)

  • Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10): “This Is A New Tax To Those From Whom It’s Never Been Collected. I’m One To Not Support An Increase In Taxes.” (Kate Tummarello, “House Panel Weighs Costs Of Online Sales Tax,” The Hill, http://thehill.com/, 3/12/14)
  • “Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) Said He Doubts…That A Federal Law Empowering Them To Collect An Online Sales Tax Would Allow Them To Lower Other Taxes.” “Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) said he doubts the arguments made by cash-strapped states that a federal law empowering them to collect an online sales tax would allow them to lower other taxes.”(Kate Tummarello, “House Panel Weighs Costs Of Online Sales Tax,” The Hill, http://thehill.com/, 3/12/14)
  • Chabot: “I Find It Not Credible That States Are Going To Lower Taxes.” (Kate Tummarello, “House Panel Weighs Costs Of Online Sales Tax,” The Hill, http://thehill.com/, 3/12/14)

IDG News Service: “[MFA]…Doesn't Make Tax Collection Easy Enough For Online Businesses, Goodlatte Said.” “But the Marketplace Fairness Act, an attempt to allow states to collect online sales taxes outside their borders, doesn't make tax collection easy enough for online businesses, Goodlatte said.” (Grant Gross, “House Considers Alternatives To Internet Sales Tax Bill,” IDG News Service, http://www.computerworld.com/, 3/12/14)

  • Goodlatte: “The Bill Required States To Provide Free [Tax Collection] Software, But Did Not Address Integration Costs.” (Grant Gross, “House Considers Alternatives To Internet Sales Tax Bill,” IDG News Service, http://www.computerworld.com/, 3/12/14)
  • Goodlatte: “There Are Over 9,600 Taxing Jurisdictions, And The Affordable Care Act Experience Has Left Voters Wary Of Highly Touted Software Solutions.” (Kate Tummarello, “House Panel Weighs Costs Of Online Sales Tax,” The Hill, http://thehill.com/, 3/12/14)

“Goodlatte Also Pressed Panelists To Consider Whether Their Alternative Tax Solutions Would Raise Privacy Concerns...” “Goodlatte also pressed panelists to consider whether their alternative tax solutions would raise privacy concerns by requiring multiple tax agencies to process individual consumers’ purchase information.”(Kate Tummarello, “House Panel Weighs Costs Of Online Sales Tax,” The Hill, http://thehill.com/, 3/12/14)

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