“The marketplace fairness legislation as written today will do harm,” Wyden said. “It would force retailers to do a government job of collecting online taxes.”
“This bill will favor foreign businesses that will not be subjected to it,” Wyden said. “I don’t see how that makes sense.”
Under current law, states can only collect sales taxes from retailers that have a physical presence in their state. People who order items online from another state are supposed to declare the purchases on their tax forms, but few do.
Last month, the Senate passed a budget resolution on a 75-24 vote supporting the Marketplace Fairness language. That strong bipartisan vote showed there is enough support to pass the bill, despite opposition from senators in Oregon, Montana and New Hampshire.
Retail groups such as the National Retail Federation have backed the legislation, which senators have been pushing for nearly two years.
Sen. Mike EnziMike EnziTop Dem: Trump's State Dept. cuts a 'Ponzi scheme' Republicans eye strategy for repealing Wall Street reform Lawmakers fundraise amid rising town hall pressure MORE (R-Wyo.) introduced S. 743. Sens. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderOvernight Regulation: Trump's Labor nominee hints at updating overtime rule Trump's Labor pick signals support for overtime pay hike Live coverage: Day three of Supreme Court nominee hearing MORE (R-Tenn.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch rewrites playbook for confirmation hearings Gorsuch: I'm 'sorry' for ruling against autistic student MORE (D-Ill.) and Heidi HeitkampHeidi HeitkampPath to 60 narrows for Trump pick Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support Overnight Finance: Senators spar over Wall Street at SEC pick's hearing | New CBO score for ObamaCare bill | Agency signs off on Trump DC hotel lease MORE (D-N.D.) are co-sponsoring the bill.