For Immediate Release - May 09, 2013

Grossman Calls On Speaker Boehner to Debate Him on Merits of Internet Sales Tax

Takes Issue with Speaker’s Negative Outlook on Marketplace Fairness Act

Treasurer Steven Grossman today responded to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’s indication that he won’t support legislation to allow states to collect taxes on internet sales by calling for a one-on-one debate with him on the matter.

When asked yesterday if he would support the bipartisan Marketplace Fairness Act, which was recently approved by the Senate in a 69-27 vote, Boehner responded, “Probably not.”  The Speaker then went on to say, “I just think that moving this bill where you’ve got 50 different sales tax codes, it’s a mess out there.  And what you’re going to do is you’re going to make it much more difficult for online retailers to be able to comply.”  

Grossman responds to these points in the attached letter pdf format of Treasurer Grossman's Letter to Speaker Boehner
in which he challenges Speaker Boehner to the debate.