House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has asked for NVTC input and feedback on alternative legislative proposals for Internet sales tax collection that his Committee is considering in lieu of the Marketplace Fairness Act that passed the Senate last year. Congressman Goodlatte would prefer a solution where online sellers collect the sales tax based on where the business is located rather than where the customer is located.
On Friday, NVTC Executive Committee members participated in a conference call with House Judiciary Committee Counsel and staff. During the call, Committee staff reported on the Committee's work on the issue and discussed alternative solutions that will allow states to collect sales taxes from online sales and provide a level playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses and online sellers.
NVTC and 8 other Virginia technology councils had sent Chairman Goodlatte a letter in May 2013, urging the House Judiciary Committee to amend the Marketplace Fairness Act to provide adequate protection for small technology businesses in Virginia.