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Nan Swift, National Taxpayers Union: The Zombie Online Sales Tax Bill

June 27, 2017

The Marketplace Fairness Act is back, yet again! National Taxpayers Union’s Nan Swift has the details on this year’s incarnation of this bad idea.

In this episode of the weekly Budget & Tax News podcast, managing editor and research fellow Jesse Hathaway is joined by National Taxpayers Union federal affairs manager Nan Swift, to talk about the latest reincarnation of the Marketplace Fairness Act, (MFA) a bill allowing states to tax businesses—and ultimately, consumers—outside of their borders.

Like a zombie awakened from the dead, the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) has been reintroduced by lawmakers in the U.S. Senate, led by Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY), Swift says.

If passed into law, Swift says, MFA would significantly change how e-commerce is taxed, allowing state governments to charge sales taxes on business owners operating outside the state, regardless of whether they have a physical presence in the state.

Swift says MFA would allow state governments to audit these businesses and empowered to create their own unique definitions of how and when items are taxed, increasing confusion for out-of-state sellers.

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Jesse Hathaway is a policy advisor for budget and tax issues at The Heartland Institute. @JesseinOH