The folks over at Americans for Tax Reform flagged this revealing comment from a Wall Street Journal story today about the growing momentum in Congress to pass an Internet sales tax bill:
The legislation would effectively replace a 1992 Supreme Court decision, made in the early days of the commercial Internet, that held that a state couldn’t force a retailer to collect sales tax unless the retailer had a physical presence in the state, such as a store or a warehouse.
“The industry is evolving very rapidly, and the law today is a 20th-century interpretation of an 18th-century document that is holding back the entire retail industry as it adapts to 21st-century consumer preferences and demand,” said David French, senior vice president for government affairs at the National Retail Federation, a retail-industry trade group lobbying for the legislation.
That pesky 18th-century document that is causing so much trouble for the retail industry’s lobbying group is more commonly known as the Constitution of the United States. And while it is indeed, like, more than 200 years old and all, it still – inexplicably – has a lot to say about how we run this country. Sorry about that, Mr. French.