ATR Urges Louisiana Lawmakers to Vote against Internet Tax
ATR recently sent a letter to the Louisiana House of Representatives in opposition to House Bill 1114, legislation which seeks to impose an Internet and remote sales tax obligation on out-of-state businesses. ATR was joined by the National Taxpayers Union, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, and Louisiana's Pelican Institute for Public Policy on the letter opposing the bill. If passed, it would discourage in-state investment and cause many in-state advertisers to go out of business, as has happened in other states with similar measures. It would also allow the state tax administrator to reach well across Louisiana's borders to force non-residents to comply with the state's tax laws. As a comparable piece of legislation was recently ruled unconstitutional in Illinois, HB 1114 does not pass constitutional muster for its violation of the Dormant Commerce Clause and the Supreme Court's ruling in Quill v. North Dakota.
Read the full text of the letter below.
April 30, 2012
Louisiana House of Representatives