H.R.684 - Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013
To restore States' sovereign rights to enforce State and local sales and use tax laws, and for other purposes.
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Mr. WOMACK (for himself, Ms. SPEIER, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. WELCH, Mrs. NOEM, Mr. GRIFFIN of Arkansas, Mr. POE of Texas, Mr. COHEN, Ms. CHU, Mr. AMODEI, Mr. DEUTCH, Mr. DIAZ-BALART, Mr. JOHNSON of Georgia, Mr. ROSS, Ms. DELBENE, Mr. SCHOCK, Ms. LINDA T. SANCHEZ of California, Mrs. ELLMERS, Mr. LARSON of Connecticut, Mr. BARLETTA, Mr. LANGEVIN, Mr. CRENSHAW, Mr. CRAWFORD, Mr. DENT, Ms. PINGREE of Maine, Mr. YOUNG of Indiana, Ms. SCHWARTZ, Mr. GRIMM, Mr. ELLISON, Mr. GIBSON, Ms. TSONGAS, Mr. CONAWAY, Mr. STIVERS, Ms. NORTON, Mr. CAPUANO, Ms. MCCOLLUM, and Mr. AUSTIN SCOTT of Georgia) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the JudiciaryCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION TO REQUIRE COLLECTION OF SALES AND USE TAXES.
(a) Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement- Each Member State under the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement is authorized to require all sellers not qualifying for the small seller exception described in subsection (c) to collect and remit sales and use taxes with respect to remote sales sourced to that Member State pursuant to the provisions of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement, but only if the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement includes the minimum simplification requirements in subsection (b)(2). A State may exercise authority under this Act beginning 90 days after the State publishes notice of the State’s intent to exercise the authority under this Act, but no earlier than the first day of the calendar quarter that is at least 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Alternative- A State that is not a Member State under the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement is authorized notwithstanding any other provision of law to require all sellers not qualifying for the small seller exception described in subsection (c) to collect and remit sales and use taxes with respect to remote sales sourced to that State, but only if the State adopts and implements the minimum simplification requirements in paragraph (2). Such authority shall commence beginning no earlier than the first day of the calendar quarter that is at least 6 months after the date that the State--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(B) specifying the products and services otherwise subject to the tax or taxes identified by the State under subparagraph (A) to which the authority of this Act shall not apply; andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) a single entity within the State responsible for all State and local sales and use tax administration, return processing, and audits for remote sales sourced to the State;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
A State may not require a remote seller to file sales and use tax returns any more frequently than returns are required for nonremote sellers. No local jurisdiction may require a remote seller to submit a sales and use tax return or to collect sales and use taxes other than as provided by this paragraph.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(i) information indicating the taxability of products and services along with any product and service exemptions from sales and use tax in the State and a rates and boundary database;CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(ii) software free of charge for remote sellers that calculates sales and use taxes due on each transaction at the time the transaction is completed, that files sales and use tax returns, and that is updated to reflect rate changes as described in subparagraph (H); andCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
For purposes of clause (iii), the software provided by certified software providers shall be capable of calculating and filing sales and use taxes in all States qualified under this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(E) Relieve remote sellers from liability to the State or locality for the incorrect collection, remittance, or noncollection of sales and use taxes, including any penalties or interest, if the liability is the result of an error or omission made by a certified software provider.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(F) Relieve certified software providers from liability to the State or locality for the incorrect collection, remittance, or noncollection of sales and use taxes, including any penalties or interest, if the liability is the result of misleading or inaccurate information provided by a remote seller.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(G) Relieve remote sellers and certified software providers from liability to the State or locality for incorrect collection, remittance, or noncollection of sales and use taxes, including any penalties or interest, if the liability is the result of incorrect information or software provided by the State.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(H) Provide remote sellers and certified software providers with 90 days notice of a rate change by the State or any locality in the State and update the information described in subparagraph (D)(i) accordingly and relieve any remote seller or certified software provider from liability for collecting sales and use taxes at the immediately preceding effective rate during the 90-day notice period if the required notice is not provided.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(c) Small Seller Exception- A State is authorized to require a remote seller to collect sales and use taxes under this Act only if the remote seller has gross annual receipts in total remote sales in the United States in the preceding calendar year exceeding $1,000,000. For purposes of determining whether the threshold in this subsection is met--CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(1) the sales of all persons related within the meaning of subsections (b) and (c) of section 267 or section 707(b)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 shall be aggregated; orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(2) persons with 1 or more ownership relationships shall also be aggregated if such relationships were designed with a principal purpose of avoiding the application of these rules.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 3. LIMITATIONS.
(d) No New Taxes- Nothing in this Act shall be construed as encouraging a State to impose sales and use taxes on any goods or services not subject to taxation prior to the date of the enactment of this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(e) No Effect on Intrastate Sales- The provisions of this Act shall apply only to remote sales and shall not apply to intrastate sales or intrastate sourcing rules. States granted authority under section 2(a) shall comply with all intrastate provisions of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(f) No Effect on Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act- Nothing in this Act shall be construed as altering in any manner or preempting the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act (
SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS AND SPECIAL RULES.
(4) PERSON- The term ‘person’ means an individual, trust, estate, fiduciary, partnership, corporation, limited liability company, or other legal entity, and a State or local government.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(5) REMOTE SALE- The term ‘remote sale’ means a sale into a State in which the seller would not legally be required to pay, collect, or remit State or local sales and use taxes unless provided by this Act.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(7) SOURCED- For purposes of a State granted authority under section 2(b), the location to which a remote sale is sourced refers to the location where the item sold is received by the purchaser, based on the location indicated by instructions for delivery that the purchaser furnishes to the seller. When no delivery location is specified, the remote sale is sourced to the customer’s address that is either known to the seller or, if not known, obtained by the seller during the consummation of the transaction, including the address of the customer’s payment instrument if no other address is available. If an address is unknown and a billing address cannot be obtained, the remote sale is sourced to the address of the seller from which the remote sale was made. A State granted authority under section 2(a) shall comply with the sourcing provisions of the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(8) STATE- The term ‘State’ means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the United States Virgin Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any other territory or possession of the United States.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(9) STREAMLINED SALES AND USE TAX AGREEMENT- The term ‘Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement’ means the multi-State agreement with that title adopted on November 12, 2002, as in effect on the date of the enactment of this Act and as further amended from time to time.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
SEC. 5. SEVERABILITY.
If any provision of this Act or the application of such provision to any person or circumstance is held to be unconstitutional, the remainder of this Act and the application of the provisions of such to any person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink