In his final speech to the Mississippi Legislature on Wednesday, Gov. Haley Barbour (R) called for federal legislation to allow states to tax online purchases.
“It is time for the federal government to allow Mississippi and every other state to choose to enforce our laws and to collect these taxes,” Barbour said. “They are owed us today, and there is no longer any public-policy reason to keep us from collecting.”
Under current law, people who buy goods online are supposed to declare those purchases on their tax forms, but few do. As a result, most people do not pay taxes on their online purchases.
Legislation pending before Congress, the Marketplace Fairness Act, would empower states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes.