Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker May Propose Unconstitutional Sales Tax Collection Responsibility on Remote Sellers

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker May Propose Unconstitutional Sales Tax Collection Responsibility on Remote Sellers 

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Friday, January 27, 2017

 

BOSTON – January 27, 2017. In an attempt to balance his $40.5 billion budget, Governor Charlie Baker may propose that remote sellers be required to collect Massachusetts sales taxes on sales of tangible personal property made over the internet to Massachusetts residents. A so-called “remote seller” is a seller that does not have a physical presence in Massachusetts.

The Governor’s proposal was reported by Shira Schoenberg, a Massachusetts State House reporter for The Republican.[1]  In her article updated to January 26, 2016 at 1:32 P.M., Schoenberg writes:

One major tax change would gain the state an additional $30 million by requiring certain online retailers who do business in Massachusetts to collect sales taxes.

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