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Online Sales Tax Bill Passed by Senate
By Numismatic News
May 10, 2013

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The collection of sales taxes on all online transactions took a step closer to reality when the U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act May 6. The bill now heads to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Speaker John Boehner has said he is leaning against this legislation.

The Industry Council for Tangible Assets is reminding its membership that its lobbyist Jimmy Hayes is working in opposition to the legislation, which would open online retailers to a requirement to collect sales taxes from residents of 9,600 taxing jurisdictions.

Further ICTA says that even though mainstream media casts the measure solely as it affects Internet merchants, the legislation also would subject merchants who handle mail and telephone orders to the same sales tax collecting requirements.

Currently, merchants, online or otherwise, only have to collect sales taxes for states where they have a physical presence.

It also warns residents in states that currently exempt coin and bullion sales from tax to keep an eye on their legislatures in case someone tries to repeal these provisions.

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