Rep. Peter Welch made the following statement after the Marketplace Fairness Act passed with a strong bipartisan vote in the Senate. Congressman Welch is one of the four lead sponsors of the bill in the House. The bill would give states the option to collect sales and use taxes already owed under state law by out-of-state businesses. Currently states rely on consumers to remit those taxes on their yearly tax returns.
"The Senate vote demonstrates strong bipartisan support for the Marketplace Fairness Act. Allowing states to collect sales taxes that are due, regardless of whether the sale takes place on Main Street or online, has broad support from members, governors and mayors across the country and across ideological divides. I am hopeful that the House leaders will work through issues of concern and bring this bill to a vote so that we can level the playing field for small businesses across the country."