Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Online sales tax is not a new tax. Consumers owe sales and use tax for online purchases in all states with a sales tax, but only about 1% actually pays them. This is an issue of collection and fairness. Some retailers have to collect the tax from the consumer, and some don’t, for the very same product. That is not fair. According to a recent poll commissioned by Amazon, 72% of respondents believe it is the seller’s responsibility to collect sales taxes.