By Bernie Becker - 11/21/12 10:16 PM EST
The Alliance for Main Street Fairness, in a Wednesday release, said that this should be the last holiday season that federal tax policy gives online retailers a leg up on brick-and-mortar stores.
“It is time for Congress to pass e-fairness legislation and require all retailers, online and on Main Street, to play by the same set of rules,” Alison Joseph, a spokeswoman for the group, said in a statement.
Because of a two-decade-old Supreme Court finding, companies are required to collect sales tax on Internet purchases only from customers in states where they have a physical presence.
Online sales tax bills in Congress have received some support from Republican governors who think a federal online sales tax bill would help them tackle budget crunches. But prominent conservatives say the proposals have it backwards, and that the federal government should instead be looking for ways to lower Americans’ tax burdens.
Lobbyists also believe that most items that aren’t directly related to the "fiscal cliff," the mix of looming spending cuts and tax increases, will get pushed off until the next Congress.