Originally posted at www.StopETaxes.com.

Here we go again!  Colorado has officially became the first state this year push a bill to collect taxes on all internet purchases.  Yesterday, the House Finance Committee considered "affiliate nexus tax" legislation in a hearing amongst a number of other tax proposals.  The measure would require out-of-state online retailers with no physical presence in the state to collect taxes on Colorado residents.

While the bill is a tax increase on consumers and a significant burden on online businesses (and interstate commerce), it also will likely fail to raise revenue.  Last year, when the bill passed in Rhode Island, the tax was estimated to raise no additional tax revenue and this has been confirmed by the Department of Revenue.  In fact, there was even a bill introduced in Rhode Island this year (House Bill 7071) that would repeal the tax.

Unlike other nexus tax bills, however, Colorado’s House Bill 1193 goes one disturbing step further to allow the Department of Revenue to issue subpoenas to any out-of-state business that would require them to provide personal information about their Colorado customers.  Who doesn’t love sharing their personal information including possibly credit card numbers and purchase details with the government?  Presumably, it would allow the state to come after residents to collect "use tax" on the products.  Even worse, if a business doesn’t provide the information and chooses to protect the proprietary information of their customers, they can be held in contempt.  It also would apply regardless of the fact that the same internet tax bill is currently being challenged as unconstitutional in New York.

Similar bills have also been introduced in New Mexico, Virginia, and Mississippi this year.  No matter where you live, click here to write your state legislature now and oppose taxes on internet commerce.

Also, click here for a copy of ATR’s letter to the Colorado House Finance Committee opposing the eTax.

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