A Better Way Forward for State Taxation of E-Commerce
52 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2011 Last revised: 1 Feb 2014
Date Written: October 24, 2011
We propose a novel solution for states that wish to tax interstate e-commerce – based on fully and adequately compensating remote vendors for all tax compliance costs. We argue that our proposed solution is compatible with the Quill framework for when states can constitutionally impose burdens on remote vendors. We argue that unlike our proposed solution, the recent state attempts to tax interstate e-commerce through so-called “Amazon laws” are unconstitutional, ineffective, or both. We thus urge the states to adopt our proposed approach as the best way forward for state taxation of interstate e-commerce.
Keywords: Tax, e-Commerce, Quill, Internet Tax, Amazon
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