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Tester Moves to Protect Montana Small Businesses From Online Sales Tax

Sen Tester is reintroducing his Stop Taxing Our Potential (STOP) Act, which overturns a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that forces local businesses to collect sales taxes on behalf of other states when their residents purchase goods and services online—even when those businesses are located in states that don’t have sales taxes.

“Montanans have spoken, time and time again, against a sales tax,” Tester said. “This bill cuts red tape and makes sure Montana’s small businesses won’t suffer because of sales taxes in other states.”

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned decades of precedent by allowing states to impose a sales tax on products sold over the internet.  The South Dakota v. Wayfair decision could put a heavy new burden on small businesses in Montana who sell products online, potentially requiring them to collect the sales tax and send the funds to the state where the customer resides.

As a result of the decision, local businesses could be required to collect and remit sales taxes on behalf of nearly 9,800 state and local tax jurisdictions across the United States.Tester has been a vocal opponent of the Wayfair Supreme Court decision. He first introduced the STOP Act last June, a week after the controversial decision was handed down, and he pushed back against a proposed nationwide internet sales tax last spring.

Montanans overwhelmingly rejected a statewide sales tax at the ballot box by more than a 2-1 margin in 1971 and 1993.

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Gianforte Announces Assignment to House Committee on Energy and Commerce

The House Republican Steering Committee today tapped Congressman Greg Gianforte to serve on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for the 116th Congress. “It’s an honor to serve as Montanans’ voice in the U.S. House of Representatives, and I’ll continue putting Montana first on the Energy and Commerce Committee,” Gianforte said. “I look forward to bringing my entrepreneurial experience to the committee as we work to expand opportunities to more Montanans, promote the responsible development of our energy resources, and make health care more affordable and accessible.”

“Greg Gianforte is an excellent addition to the stellar Republican team here at the Energy and Commerce Committee. With his background in computer science, electrical engineering and technology, and  as an entrepreneur and successful business owner, Greg knows first-hand what it takes to create jobs and to put the consumer first, skills that will allow him to hit the ground running at the committee and make a positive impact for the American people,” said House Committee on Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-Ore.).

The Committee on Energy and Commerce is the oldest standing committee in the U.S. House of Representatives and has the broadest jurisdiction of any authorizing committee in Congress. The committee has responsibility for matters including telecommunications, consumer protection, food and drug safety, public health and research, environmental quality, energy policy, and interstate and foreign commerce among others.

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