Posted: Jun 12, 2013 6:26 PM by Marnee Banks - MTN News
Updated: Jun 12, 2013 6:28 PM
HELENA - Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is partnering with two other states to oppose a federal online sales tax bill.
In a press conference on Friday, Fox and a dozen online business owners stood together to oppose the "Marketplace Fairness Act" which is moving through Congress.
The bill would require Montana businesses which sell products online to collect a sales tax from customers living in other states.
Business owners say this would be a regulatory headache and they would be forced to hire new employees in order to comply with the new
Lance Trebesch, CEO of TicketPrinting.com, said, "We would be complying (with) 46 different states and their Departments of Revenue. As Senator Baucus pointed out on the floor of the Senate, there is no enforcement protection. So we could be audited at any time, in any manner, by any state."
Attorney General Fox (R) is joining with his counteparts in Oregon and Alaska to oppose the bill, and says that Montana businesses should not be forced to collect taxes for other states which can't balance their budgets.
Fox said, "Frankly, what they are asking us to do in this bill is be 'tax pushers' for tax and spend junkies. And Montana just won't put up with that."
The bill passed the U.S. Senate, with Montana's U.S. Senators Baucus and Tester, both Democrats, opposing the legislation.
It is now in a House committee waiting for a hearing.
U.S. Representative Steve Daines (R-MT) says he will fight to kill the bill.