Texas House Defies Veto Of Internet Sales Tax Bill

AUSTIN (AP) – Lawmakers in the Texas House have a defied the governor’s veto of an Internet sales measure.

Legislators voted to keep a tax provision in an omnibus spending bill that would expand the number of Internet sellers who must collect sales tax. If the measure is not removed in conference committee, it would expand the definition of what it means to do business in Texas.

Right now Internet sellers like Overstock.com don’t have to collect sales tax because they are not physically present in the state. The bill would make a contractual agreement with a marketing agent inside the state a physical presence for tax purposes.

Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a separate bill earlier this month, but it is now inside a must-pass bill. But it can still be removed.

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  1. KH says:

    Well I hope it gets pulled out.
    Last I knew out-of-state business with no physical present via snail mail didn’t have to collect state taxes and this is no different. What is fair to one is fair to all.
    That being said how about investigating those that do collect sales tax. Twice in past years Petsmart over-collected state tax via internet orders and now twice in the year span TSC has done the same via in-store purchases. Top that off Wal-Mart has been advertising things on sale and then charging full price for them, which was done locally on Memorial Day week-in. When confronted with it they did a price check and corrected my purchase, yet they didn’t immediately change it on their computer so others not watching got overcharged 20 cents per item on a food item.

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