From Senator Bob Corker in response to my letter….

Thank you for taking the time to contact my office regarding the Marketplace Fairness Act. Your input is important to me, and I appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts.

I realize that the issue of how to apply state sales tax laws to the internet is complex. As the former Commissioner of Finance for our state, I understand the challenges that states like Tennessee face regarding sales tax collection, and I know that many non-internet based companies are concerned that they are being placed at a competitive disadvantage by these challenges. With this in mind, I have been a long-time supporter of the Marketplace Fairness Act, and I have voted several times to support this bill, including voting in favor of its passage in the Senate on May 6, 2013. I think most Tennesseans would agree that we’re fortunate not to have a state income tax, and to help ensure that remains the case, it’s important our sales tax system works.

This is a states’ rights bill that gives states like Tennessee the ability to enforce existing state tax laws and collect sales taxes on online purchases if they choose. It also levels the playing field between local brick-and-mortar businesses, who have invested in the state and currently have to collect sales taxes, and online retailers who are sometimes out-of-state entities and do not have to collect the Tennessee sales tax.

While the Marketplace Fairness Act has passed the Senate, it is unclear if or when the bill will be taken up in the House of Representatives. I am hopeful that this bill will soon become law so that states like Tennessee will be able to effectively enforce their own laws.

Thank you again for your letter. I hope you will continue to share your thoughts with me as I serve you in the United States Senate.

Bob Corker United States Senator

So when a Republican candidate tells you he believes in a smaller government and less taxes …. is he lying?

“I’m a strong believer in pursuing appropriate fiscal and economic policy, rooted in free market principles, with a strong focus on getting the federal government’s spending under control, lowering taxes and reducing the deficit.” – Senator Bob Corker

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