Recently introduced legislation entitled “The Main Street Fairness Act” seeks to require online retailers to collect sales tax for the benefit of states on most online purchases. Internet Retailer recently examined the bill in some detail. CyberLaw PC attorney Eric Menhart is quoted in the piece, entitled “Online sales tax proposed in Congress.” Eric was asked if the recently proposed legislation, introduced by Rep. Bill Delahunt (D, MA) had a decent chance of success: “You need a decent majority of states as members of the SST,” he says. “Until you have that, it will be very difficult to get enough Congressional attention and support for this legislation.”
Eric is the author Taxing the Internet: Analyzing the States’ Plan to Derive Online Sales Revenue. Published in 2007 by the Journal of State Taxation, the article is an in-depth discussion of the legal and political barriers to states’ interest in universally collecting sales taxes on all types of online transactions. Eric also spoke on similar topics at the 2010 Internet Retailer Conference and Exhibition in Chicago, IL.