As the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) picks up momentum in Congress, it’s no surprise that businesses across the country are trying to figure out what it means to them. If passed, this legislation grants states the authority to require certain non-exempt remote sellers to collect sales tax.
The MFA would not override current state and local statutes surrounding product and service taxability, tax holidays, exemptions, or related rates, boundaries and rules. Existing nexus laws would not change due to this legislation. The stated purpose of the MFA is to “restore the States’ sovereign rights to enforce State and local sales and use tax laws….” The bill, as currently written, would authorize states to require remote sellers to collect and remit sales tax in accordance with state and local laws, as long as those states are in full compliance with the Streamlined Sales Tax Agreement, a member of the SST, or implement a minimum set of simplification measures.
The current state of MFA legislation
How it may impact your business
The potential schedule to comply. It could be sooner than you think.
Ways to be ready prior to enactment
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Scott Peterson is Director of Government Affairs for Avalara. He joined Avalara in November 2012 after almost 7 years as the first Executive Director of the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board. At Streamline Scott was the chief operating officer of an organization of state governments working to make their individual sales tax systems simpler and more uniform. Prior to Streamline Scott was the Director of Sales Tax for the South Dakota Department of Revenue. In that position Scott was responsible for the day-to-day management of the state’s sales tax, the sales tax for 205 cities and 4 tribal governments, and directed the administration’s sales tax policy.
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