Ayotte to reintroduce legislation shielding Internet businesses from sales taxes
New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte is getting set to continue opposing attempts by the federal government requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes for “other jurisdictions in which they do not have a physical presence.”
According to a press release from her office, Ayotte is crossing the aisle and working Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon to “reintroduce a resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that no federal legislation should give states the authority to impose any new burdensome or unfair tax collecting requirements on Internet businesses and entrepreneurs.”
Currently, a Supreme Court ruling has maintained that a state can’t compel out-of-state, Internet-based vendors to collect the same sales taxes as in-state brick and mortar business owners. But efforts at both the state and federal level have persisted, and Ayotte is again addressing the issue after introducing a similar resolution last year.
Ayotte took a very New Hampshire-centric tone, citing concerns that sales tax collections from out-of-state online retailers would infringe upon the Granite State’s sales tax free status.
“Online businesses should be a source of jobs, not a source of new tax revenue. New Hampshire prides itself on having no sales tax, and our Internet retailers shouldn’t be forced to become tax collectors for other states,” she stated in the press release. “We need to be vigilant to preserve our tax-free status, and I will continue to fight any federal effort that would require New Hampshire Internet businesses to collect sales taxes.”