"We aren't talking about adding another sales tax to Internet purchases. We're talking about taking the burden off the consumer."
As E-Tax laws currently stand, it is the consumer's responsibility to pay a state use tax to the state he lives in on products purchased from an out-of-state channel. E-tailers are not required to collect this tax, though some do, rather consumers are expected to comply with the use tax even though most consumers don't know that they're not in compliance.
The e-Fairness Coaltion wants to make e-tailers responsible for collecting these taxes and each state to simplify its tax structure to one blended rate, Cowell said. That way, eRetailers would only have to deal with 50 different tax structures. Cowell insists that a fair, across-the-board e-tax benefits all retailers.