published Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

Corker sees low priority on Internet taxing

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CARTHAGE, Tenn. — U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., said today it may take four years before Congress enacts legislation letting states apply sales taxes to items over the Internet.

Corker said he realizes the issue of collecting sales taxes on Internet sales “is a problem” not only for state and local governments but for traditional retailers.

“I have a feeling that over the next three or four years it’s something that will be resolved, I really do,” Corker told reporters following an address to the Smith County Chamber of Commerce.

But Corker said he doesn’t know if he will support legislation sponsored by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., that would let states compel Internet retailers to collect sales taxes when they do not have a physical presence in a state.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, who is grappling with a sales-tax collection controversy involving, has said he is “more than willing” to take a national role in pushing Congress to act.

But while Corker said he has talked with Haslam some about the issue, “he has not mentioned that he may be taking a leadership [role], but we both have a lot going on.”

He said he was having dinner this evening with Haslam.

Amazon is building two distribution centers in Hamilton and Bradley counties and has plans to open another one in Lebanon, Tenn., outside Nashville. The deal cut by previous Gov. Phil Bredesen to get Amazon into Tennessee involved a commitment that Amazon would not have to collect sales taxes.

But Haslam is now pressing Amazon to let that end after several years.

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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nucanuck said...

Corker, like a good politician, dodged the question and said absolutely nothing.

Why was this article even written, Andy?

August 16, 2011 at 10:38 p.m.
328Kwebsite said...

Anyone who takes out a business license in this state knows damn well they had better report all of their sales, including internet sales, to the Tennessee Department of Revenue. It is just shocking that our destructive and corrupt local Republican officials insist on failing to admit the truth when it comes to facing the basic facts about paying their taxes. Since their primary goal is to payoff their rich friends, no wonder they stand for business failure and social decay.

August 17, 2011 at 9:04 a.m.
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