Internet Sales Tax Bill to Face Fight in House

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey joined with Gov. Bill Haslam Thursday to encourage congressional Republicans to support the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to collect sales tax on Internet purchases. Ramsey said traditional retailers are disadvantaged by having to collect state and local sales taxes while many online retailers don’t. The bill passed the U.S. Senate yesterday, but faces an uncertain future in the U.S. House. U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., supported the bill, however U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., told the Chattanooga Times Free Press last week, “There’s nothing fair about the Marketplace Fairness Act.”