1. How will Sellers of Downloadable Products Deal with State Sales Tax Requirements?

    How will Sellers of Downloadable Products Deal with State Sales Tax Requirements?

    If online retailers are required to adhere to state sales tax rules, how will sellers of downloadable products deal? When the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act Monday, advocates of the bill hailed a victory in fairness, saying the legislation will level the playing field between brick and mortar and online retailers. But what about online retailers who don't sell physical products? A recent Cnet article pointed out that some states treat digital goods as non-taxable, so companies with offices in only those states don't need to worry about collecting sales tax. But if the MFA becomes law, the article went on to say, "any business of a reasonable size selling digital goods to the 24 states that have decided to tax them must collect sales taxes." A spokesperson for the bill's sponsor, Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyoming, says this isn't so. The legislation will not affect ...

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