Rep. Vincent Leach

State Sen. Vince Leach (R-District 11) introduced a “memorial,” which is essentially a letter from the Legislature to the U.S. Congress, requesting simplification of sales tax collection. The move comes on the heels of the South Dakota v. Wayfair judgment that allows states to collect transaction privilege tax on Internet sales.

“I’m always looking to take good legislation and make it better,” Leach said.

Arizona was among several states to act on the ruling and began collection on “remote-sales” in 2019. In Maricopa for the month of December, that brought in $58,565, according to the Department of Revenue.

“The result is a labyrinth of state laws with different thresholds, rates and categories,” Leach said. “Clarity and uniformity are necessary to streamline sales tax collection. Congress must take action to address these issues.”

SCM 1003 seeks “uniform national legislation to simplify sales tax or similar tax collection to reduce the burden of tax compliance on remote sellers.”

This item appears in the March issue of InMaricopa.