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Virginia Republican Pushing Internet Sales Tax Letter

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Scott Rigell67%House Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard67% is circulating a draft letter for his House colleagues to sign encouraging Rep. Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, the committee with jurisdiction on this issue, to take up and report out the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) of 2013 (S. 743).

The draft letter being circulated by Rep. Rigell states:

In representing these small businesses, we must do everything we can to ensure the government does not hinder their ability to thrive. We cannot stand by and watch the government, through outdated policy, continuously pick winners and losers. It is time we level the playing field and hold all retailers to the same standard that our brick-and-mortar small businesses comply with.

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5 Things to Remember about the Internet Sales Tax

Remember when we told you 10 awful things about the Internet Sales Tax?  It’s a good time to think about the issue again.

Last year, some lawmakers were pushing for the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act. It anything but fair, and though the issue died down in 2013, it’s trying to rear its ugly head again this year.

On March 4, the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing to explore alternative solutions to the Internet sales tax issue.

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Will an Internet Sales Tax Ever Be Okay with America?

Will America ever be okay with an Internet Sales tax?  The answer to that question is ‘it’s highly unlikely.’  Remember, according to a recent poll commissioned by R Street and the National Taxpayers Union, 57 percent of likely voters opposes a federal Internet sales tax legislation, including 66 percent of Republicans.

Yet, proponents of the Internet Sales Tax are claiming new momentum in the House of Representatives for an Internet Sales Tax bill. So what would it take to make an Internet Sales Tax palatable to American voters? This week, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) released seven principles to guide his committee in drafting their own version of the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, which the Senate passed in May on a “lopsided vote.”

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Washington Stunned as Most of America Opposes the Internet Sales Tax

According to a new poll commissioned by R Street and the National Taxpayers Union, 57 percent of likely voters oppose a federal Internet sales tax legislation, including 66 percent of Republicans.

The figures produced in the new poll are relatively consistent with a Gallup poll taken in June – people still don’t want it.  Politico recalls where the legislation stood in this past spring:

In May, with the support of the White House, 69 senators voted to pass a bill that would force many state-based Internet retailers to charge a sales tax. The House has still not taken the measure up, and some prominent conservative voices have rallied to kill it in committee.

While some members of Congress and a wide array of big special interests were pushing for this terrible tax regime, conservatives fought against it for the good of Americans.  In April, we listed 10 awful things about the Internet sales tax – from the harm it would cause small businesses to the higher costs it would cause for consumers, from taxation without representation to the 46 tax audits from hell online businesses would face.

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An Internet Tax Would Anger Americans and Alienate Young People

Last week, a gathering of conservative lawmakers and conservative groups including Heritage Action’s CEO Michael Needham discussed why the misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act, better known as the Internet sales tax (IST), is a terrible idea and should not even be considered by the House.  This conservative position was amplified by a fresh Gallup poll showing an overwhelming majority of Americans (57% to 39%) would vote against an Internet sales tax.

As you dig into that data even further, you quickly notice 18-29 years old are against the IST by a margin of 73-27. Gallup notes in their analysis that “If Republicans in the House oppose the Internet sales tax bill, that may help the GOP’s appeal to younger Americans, a key demographic in the party’s plan to build support before the 2014 and 2016 elections.”

At the press conference on Tuesday, our CEO Mike Needham and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spent time highlighting a generational gap that Heritage Action noted from the Senate approval of the Internet sales tax in May.  All seven Republican Senators age 50 and under voted against the Marketplace Fairness Act: Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), 44; Ted Cruz (R-TX), 42; Jeff Flake (R-AZ), 50; Mike Lee (R-UT), 41; Rand Paul (R-KY), 50; Marco Rubio (R-FL), 41; Tim Scott (R-SC), 47. 

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