Congressional action on pending online sales tax collection legislation will have to occur by June if the legislation is to have any chance of passing before the election, the Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board Executive Committee was told on Feb. 17. After June, the Congress is unlikely to move any legislation forward until after the November election. The likeliest scenario is that the legislation will not be taken up until a lame duck session of Congress following the election, according to the committee’s representative on Capitol Hill.
The House Judiciary Committee is unlikely to move forward with the Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179), which was introduced with bipartisan support on Oct. 13, 2011. There is insufficient Republican support on the full committee to bring the bill to the floor. Therefore, supporters of a collection mandate are pinning their hopes on the Senate.
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., the chief sponsor of the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 1832) , needs additional Republican sponsors before he pushes for a vote. The bill was introduced on Nov. 9, 2011, with five Republican sponsors and five Democratic sponsors. Durbin is seeking five more Republican sponsors. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, has indicated she may support the legislation, leaving the proponents to attract four more Republican senators.</p>