Governor urges Congress to pass sales tax bill

December 4, 2012

By Staff

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.

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, according to the state Department of Revenue.

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