Colorado Passes House Bill 1193: A 2.9 % "Internet Tax" Imposed on Online Purchases

Saturday, February 12th, 2011


As states continue to struggle with revenue shortfalls, legislation is aimed at increasing an otherwise decreasing funding source; taxes. Interestingly, most states 'legally' require anyone who purchases goods online to self remit a sales tax (typically called a 'use tax') on their online purchases. However, very few individual consumers ever comply with this legal requirement.

Due to the difficulty of self-compliance and inability to audit every resident of a state, lawmakers look toward those who are accustomed to collecting tax; businesses. This appears to be the path that Colorado is headed down. Assuming this law passes, and withstands scrutiny, this may be the first of many laws aimed at 'forced compliance' with laws passed long ago, but rarely followed.

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