Internet Sales Tax Passed U.S. Senate Today

The so-called internet sales tax passed the U.S. Senate on a vote of 69-27 this afternoon. Alaska’s Senators Murkowski and Begich showed a divergence of opinions, as Sen. Begich previously told KSRM he supported the Act, since it won’t have any major affect on Alaskans…


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 said by email that she voted against the Act, since Alaskans will get the short end of the stick…


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.”


The state’s senior Senator said the move sets a “dangerous precedent” in permitting the federal government to overrule state tax laws…


Sen. Murkowski(R-AK): “This is a real hard push against state’s rights.”


For more, read: Begich: Internet Sales Tax Will Affect Few Alaskans.

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