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DMA Warns That Recently Approved Sales Tax 'Sourcing Rule' Jeopardizes Sales Tax Simplification
Specifically, the proposal approved by the SSUTA Governing Board would allow states to retain origin-based sourcing for in-state sales, but would require out-of-state sellers to impose sales tax to consumers on a destination basis. In effect, this means that the very same item would often be taxed at a different sales tax rate, based simply on whether the item was sold over the Internet (or other remote channel) within the same state where the consumer receives the item, or if the item were sold by a company located outside the state.
DMA Executive Vice President for Government Affairs and Corporate Responsibility Steven K. Berry called the action by the SSUTA Governing Board “an enormous step backward in sales tax simplification.”
To that end, DMA testified on December 6 before the US House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law in strong opposition to legislation that would make the SSUTA mandatory.
Berry concluded by stating that, “with this latest change in the sourcing rule, the already strong argument against Congress making the SSUTA mandatory is now even stronger.”
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