Federal Marketplace Fairness Act Nears Senate Vote
On April 25, the United States Senate overwhelmingly approved a procedural motion to bring debate to a close on the Marketplace Fairness Act. The purpose of the Marketplace Fairness Act is to give states the authority to compel most online and catalog retailers to collect sales taxes at the time of sale, regardless of the location of the retailer. The sales taxes would be sourced to the destination where the purchased item is received by the purchaser.
The recent Senate vote will almost certainly lead to the Senate’s approval of the Act. A vote on the passage of the bill is scheduled for May 6. The legislation would then move to the House of Representatives, where its prospects for approval are less certain.
For more information on the Marketplace Fairness Act, please see the following article published in a recent edition of the Legislative Update: