April 23, 2009
As the affiliate marketing industry continues to fight affiliate taxation legislation at the state level on multiple fronts, we’ve just learned that the federal government might soon play a trump card of its own.
Congress is expected to introduce a bill this week that would force e-tailers to start collecting sales taxes on behalf of states from people who shop online or through mail order.
Our industry has for weeks been fighting affiliate taxation legislation in the state of California, but a federal bill would supercede that bill and others being drafted in several states.
The bill, which is being drafted by the National Conference of State Legislatures, is citing a recent study that says by the end of 2008 state sales tax collections had fallen to their lowest levels in 50 years.
The federal bill will likely be introduced this week by Sen. Mike Enzi, R-WYO, and Rep. Bill Delahunt, D-MA.
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