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Marketplace Fairness Act
Thu June 13, 2013
Montana AG opposes "internet sales tax" bill
The "Marketplace Fairness Act" - better known as the "Internet Sales Tax" bill - recently passed the U.S. Senate without the help of Montana Democrats Max Baucus and Jon Tester.
The proposal will soon go before the U-S House where it's widely expected to face a more skeptical reception. Montana Republican Representative Steve Daines has already gone on the record opposing the measure.
If implemented, it would require states to force e-commerce retailers in other states to collect sales taxes for them.
Montana is one of 5 states without a sales tax.
Montana's Republican Attorney General has announced his intention to create a bipartisan coalition with those other sales tax-free states to investigate the constitutionality of the proposal.
In this interview with Edward O'Brien, Tim Fox explains the impact the proposed Internet Sales Tax measure could have on Montana if implemented.
He says the act of collecting that revenue for another state would be a "horrendously complicated procedure"