Sales Tax & Compliance brought to you by >> Avalara Logo new12

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes, 48 seconds

Why wasn’t online sales tax included in the 2018 omnibus spending bill?
Recently Congress passed the 2018 omnibus spending bill after finalizing the language at the last minute. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, specifically Rep. Kristi Noem, were pushing to include online sales tax legislation, but ultimately the House’s chief deputy whip, Rep. Patrick McHenry, “Signaled…that Noem’s measure won’t be included in the omnibus and hasn’t had enough vetting.”

About the Online Sales Tax Provision

Rep. Noem made an aggressive push to add the online sales tax legislation to the bill last minute. As The Hill explains:

Supporters of the legislation argue that it will allow states to collect money already owed to them and put online retailers on the same playing field as brick-and-mortar stores. They also argue that there’s urgency for Congress to act now, before the Supreme Court acts on a case on the topic this year.

However, opponents of internet sales tax argue it would hurt small online retailers, is opposed by the public and should go through “the regular legislative process” after the Supreme Court rules on the Wayfair v. South Dakota case.

After the recent Supreme Court arguments, it will be interesting to see how they rule, and how Congress may react to its decision.

What Else Was Included?

While the list was extensive, we think it’s worth mentioning that, while Republicans were hoping to designate funds to begin construction on the President’s proposed border wall, Democrats didn’t concede.  Instead, the bill provides, “Nearly $1.6 billion for border security, but not for an increase in detention beds or federal deportation agents…the deal includes $641 million for new fencing, including levees, but does not allocate money for a concrete wall.”

As you can imagine, there is a wide variety of other provisions in the bill. Politico provides a nice round-up of what made it in and what was discussed, but ultimately not included.

What do you think of the decision to exclude online sales tax from the bill? Do you think the opposition’s argument to wait until the Supreme Court rules on Wayfair is sound? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

In the meantime, if you have any questions about federal or state sales tax legislation (or really anything relating to multi-state tax issues), please contact us:  Miles Consulting Group! We’re happy to provide helpful insight.

Monika Miles
Monika Miles founded Miles Consulting Group in 2002. The firm focuses on multi-state tax consulting—helping clients navigate state tax issues such as sales tax and income tax in interstate commerce, including e-commerce. For instance, Monika works with technology clients answering questions such as “What are the sales tax ramifications of selling our new widget into the following 15 states?” Prior to forming the firm, Monika worked for over 11 years in Big 4 Public Accounting and 1 year in industry. Monika has provided such services as federal and state income/franchise tax compliance and consulting, sales/use tax consulting, audit support, and credits and incentives reviewsMiles Consulting Group, Inc. is a professional service firm in San Jose, California specializing in multi-state tax solutions. Our firm addresses state and local tax issues for our clients, including general state tax consulting, nexus reviews, tax credit and tax incentive maximization, income tax and sales/use tax planning and other special projects.
Last modified on Friday, 04 May 2018
Read 1170 times
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Sales Tax Assessment Tool

The Accounting Top 100

Sales Tax Calculator

Social Leader board

The Accounting Top 100 social media leaderboard ranks accounting professionals based on their overall presence, influence, and engagement on social media platforms. Each user’s rank is determined by that user’s Klout Score in addition to a list of custom metrics, and all updated rankings are displayed in new leaderboards generated every two weeks.

Did you make the list?

Congratulations! You can now track your progress on the leaderboard by clicking “Follow us” at the top of the list. Want to get the word out about your new celebrity status? Share this page with all of your friends and followers so they can view and join in on this fun social activity.

Think you’ve got what it takes to make the Top 100?

Join for free today!

Disclaimer

Avalara’s Accounting Top 100 leaderboard (the “Leaderboard”) is assembled using a list of accounting professional users that’s curated by manual entry as well as by Rise.Global's internal Twitter search functionality. We reserve the right to change scoring metrics used for ranking and to exclude anyone from the list, in our sole discretion. The Leaderboard is not an endorsement, recommendation or sponsorship of any of the accounting professionals on the Leaderboard, and we do not make any representation or guarantee of their ability or reliability. Assessments by different methods or based on different information may yield different results. The Leaderboard is only a starting point to gather information about accounting professionals, and you should not rely on it to decide whether to hire an accounting professional.

For feedback and/or questions please contact a4a@avalara.com.

Visit other PMG Sites:

Template Settings

Color

For each color, the params below will give default values
Tomato Green Blue Cyan Dark_Red Dark_Blue

Body

Background Color
Text Color

Header

Background Color

Footer

Select menu
Google Font
Body Font-size
Body Font-family
Direction
PMG360 is committed to protecting the privacy of the personal data we collect from our subscribers/agents/customers/exhibitors and sponsors. On May 25th, the European's GDPR policy will be enforced. Nothing is changing about your current settings or how your information is processed, however, we have made a few changes. We have updated our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy to make it easier for you to understand what information we collect, how and why we collect it.
Ok Decline