Editorial: Sales Taxes and the Internet

Twenty-one Republicans voted with 46 Democrats (and 2 Independents) recently to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, a long-overdue bill allowing states to require online retailers to collect sales taxes and remit them to the state where the customer lives. Will the House be so rational? It’s a long shot.Speaker John Boehner has said he probably will not support the bill because compliance would be a “mess,” even though the bill requires states to provide free tax-collection software and take other steps to ease compliance.

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