WASHINGTON (September 19, 2013) - In response to the announcement of the House Judiciary Committee's Basic Principles of Remote Sales Tax, Robert Atkinson, President of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), releases the following statement:
"ITIF applauds and endorses the framework released by the House Judiciary Committee because it would create a fairer, simpler and more equitable online sales tax system. The principles developed by the Committee and Chairman Bob Goodlatte mirror ITIF's past policy proposals designed to create a tax system that promotes innovation, economic development and the continued evolution of the digital economy.
Members of Congress should promote policies that grow the digital economy, but they must do so in ways that are fair. The current sales tax system unduly burdens certain retail models and enhances others. Congress should seek to find a balance that allows states and municipalities to collect sales taxes on out-of-state transactions without imposing an undue burden on these retailers."
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a non-profit, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote public policies to advance technological innovation and productivity internationally, in Washington, and in the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues. Learn more at www.itif.org.