Alaska’s AG Weighs in On Internet Sales Tax

Alaska’s attorney general is weighing in on the internet sales tax, which has already passed the U.S. Senate.


AG Michael Geraghty has joined the AGs of Montana and Oregon in writing to the U.S. House, urging them to reject the bill, since it is “unconstitutional” and allows states to cross other state boundaries to collect taxes from retailers.


The letter further says that the bill has legal and economic pitfalls and will be overly burdensome for retailers.


We’ve previously spoken with U.S. Senators Murkowski and Begich, who had opposing views on the bill…


Sen. Begich(D-AK): “It’s basically making sure that when you purchase from a vendor that the vendor charges the appropriate sales tax for your area. In the case of Alaska, we have no state sales tax, and so therefore if you live in Alaska and you’re purchasing products over the internet, there is no state sales tax that will be applied.”


Sen. Murkowski(R-AK): “This so-called Marketplace Fairness Act is really not fair to those states that have put in place other mechanisms, and yet what we are doing through this legislation that we have pending on the floor right now is to tell states like New Hampshire, like Alaska, that regardless of what your state chose to do, those who are engaged in online sales and activity, you’re going to be scooped into the requirements of whatever state the individual purchasing your product is.”


For more, read: Internet Sales Tax Passed U.S. Senate Today.

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