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New Hampshire Senator Vows to Fight Online Sales Tax Bill

Does anyone hate taxes more than the residents of the “Live free or die” state of New Hampshire, which is one of just five states that doesn’t have sales tax? Their representative in the Senate Jeanne Shaheen said she will fight online sales tax legislation introduced by her colleagues on Tuesday.

US Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), along with five other Senators, introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015.

While the bill is being presented by the senators as bipartisan, Sen. Alexander said in a statement “The Marketplace Fairness Act is about two words: states’ rights,” a politically charged term.

In a statement released the same day, Shaheen said, “This online sales tax proposal would hurt New Hampshire businesses by imposing new and unnecessary regulations and red tape. Forcing New Hampshire retailers to collect taxes for other states with no benefit to our state will result in serious economic consequences, and I will fight this proposal at every opportunity to protect New Hampshire businesses and make sure it isn’t signed into law.”

The usual suspects came out in favor (National Retail Federation) and opposed (WE R HERE).

eBay also issued a statement, saying the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015 is modeled after legislation that failed to pass in the 113th Congress. “The current iteration of the bill would require small business owners to collect sales tax based on 9,600 different jurisdictions across the country. It would also open businesses to audits from every state, regardless of where they are physically located.”

eBay’s position is that members of Congress should oppose any Internet sales tax bill until it includes a “robust” small business exemption.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.