BEYOND THE NUMBERS
The Case for Fairer Sales Tax Rules
On the heels of the Senate’s 69-27 approval of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would enable states and localities to require all large Internet retailers to charge applicable sales taxes on their interstate sales, CBPP Senior Fellow Michael Mazerov debated the issue with Newsweek’s Megan McArdle on WHYY’s “Radio Times.” As he explained:
State and local sales taxes . . . are about 25 percent of all state and local taxes . . . and they’re just essential to paying for schools, health care, child care, and all the things we want. So, as long as we’re going to have them, we need to make them fair — and this [bill] is an aspect of making them fairer.