CEA Backs National Sales Tax Collection Policy
The Consumer Electronics Association has come out in favor of federal legislation aimed at "encouraging Internet retailers to collect and remit state and local sales taxes."
The move represents a shift, as CEA has previously opposed all attempts at Internet sales taxation.
"Today we formally change our position as the landscape has radically changed," CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro said in a statement. "First, the Internet and Internet retailers no longer need any special exemptions to flourish. Second, the current system of collection and remittance can give online retailers that don’t currently collect sales tax a four to 10 percent price advantage over local stores paying sales taxes and employing taxpaying Americans. Third, state and local governments are in deep financial trouble exacerbated by the present system of voluntary citizen reporting and payment of sales tax on Internet purchases."