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H.R. 5515 (116th): Stop Taxing Our Potential Act of 2019

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Should companies like Amazon only have to pay sales tax in the state where they’re headquartered, or potentially in all 50 states?


The 1967 Supreme Court decision National Bellas Hess v. Illinois ruled that a state can’t charge tax on an out-of-state seller or business for goods or products shipped into the state. The 6–3 decision was relatively minor at the time, since most purchases were done in person or physically at a local store. With the internet, it has now become far more important.

As a result, online sellers — from giant online corporations like Amazon, to individual crafts makers selling their works on Etsy — have been largely exempt from state sales taxes. This put brick-and-mortar stores, which have always had to charge sales tax, at ...

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Ann Kuster

Sponsor. Representative for New Hampshire's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Dec 19, 2019
Length: 8 pages
Dec 19, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on December 19, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


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Dec 19, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 5515 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5515. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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