This week Chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA) Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and NGA Vice Chairman Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval called on Congress to act on e-fairness during the 5th annual “State of the States” address.
Gov. McAuliffe said a federal solution would "help states balance their budgets and to invest in key economic infrastructure all the while leveling the playing field for brick and mortar retailers."
Gov. Sandoval said e-fairness was a "common-sense tax issue with broad bipartisan support…The time has come to put this longstanding issue to rest and pass legislation that allows states to collect revenue already owed but currently uncollectable."
Although Amazon recently announced it will begin collecting sales tax Missouri, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming, state legislators continue to introduce bills to capture sales tax revenue from other online companies.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker included a proposal in his budget released earlier this week that would require online retailers who make sales to Massachusetts residents to being collecting sales tax.
There are currently more than 30 remote sales tax bills under consideration in statehouses across the country.
"We have been warning online sellers that this patchwork of state legislation was coming if they didn't come to the table to find a real federal solution and that day has come," Jennifer Platt, ICSC vice president of Federal Operations, said.