Governor urges Congress to pass sales tax bill
December 6, 2012
Gov. Chris Gregoire urged Congress on Nov. 26 — Cyber Monday, the largest online shopping day all year — to require online businesses to collect sales tax.
The governor said Washington businesses face unfair competition from online and mail-order retailers that fail to collect sales taxes.
The proposed Marketplace Fairness Act aims to give states the option to collect sales and use tax revenues from out-of-state sellers.
Gregoire said the focus on taxation issues and the “fiscal cliff” present a good opportunity to address the issue.
The measure does not aim to raise additional taxes, but to collect existing taxes that go uncollected. The measure could generate $558 million in state and local taxes during the 2013-15 biennium and $934 million by the 2015-17 biennium, according to the state Department of Revenue.