- The Washington Times - Friday, February 15, 2013

Congressional legislators are pushing — once again — a federal online sales tax. The House brought forth on Thursday the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that supposedly reconciles the differences among the three introduced — and that failed — in Congress in 2012.

The measure gives states the power to mandate that out-of-state retailers that sell products online collect a sales tax.

“The bill does not tell the states they have to do it. It just enables them to do it,” said Republican Rep. Steve Womack, in a Politico report. “How many more small brick-and-mortar obituaries do we have to see before we recognize that we have a problem?”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is said to have made the bill a priority, Politico said.

Critics of the bill say it’s essentially unchanged from the three that failed earlier and that it imposes new taxes on online merchants.