The Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) held its annual meeting in Boise, Idaho August 5, 2019 through August 8, 2019. As part of the meeting, the MTC’s Uniformity Committee (“Committee”), which established the Marketplace Facilitator Work Group (“Work Group”) in 2018, provided an update. By way of background, at its April 25, 2019 meeting in Denver,

Marketplace collection laws have shifted our common understanding of those persons that are responsible for collecting sales and use taxes. Historically, sellers have been responsible for collecting sales or use tax on sales they make to purchasers. Marketplace collection laws shift the tax collection responsibility on sales made through a marketplace from the seller to

On July 1, 2019, eight (8) more states had marketplace collection laws go into effect. These states include Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, New Mexico, Rhode Island, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming. With this new wave of states, approximately 22 states now have effective marketplace collection laws with many more expected to become effective this fall.

Why

States have enacted new marketplace facilitator laws designed to impose sales tax obligations on marketplace facilitators related to sales made by third-party sellers. These new sales tax collection obligations on marketplace facilitators create the potential for class-action lawsuits arising out of unintended overcollection of tax.

Today’s Marketplace Monday explores two legislative solutions to overcoming this