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Legislative Alert: Please Ask Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee to Send HB 259 to Amending Order

Posted By Johanna M. Bell, Wednesday, March 20, 2019

On Tuesday, the House voted to pass House Bill 259, which would collect sales and use tax from Internet marketplace facilitators and dedicate that revenue to the state Tax Relief Fund.  

The bill is now headed to the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee and AIC asks city officials to contact committee members to respectfully ask that they send the bill to the amending order.  The committee members and their contact information are shown at the bottom of this email.

House Bill 259 fulfills the important and needed purpose of collecting sales and use tax revenue from Internet marketplace facilitators in accordance with the U.S. Supreme Court’s South Dakota v. Wayfair decision, bringing new sales and use tax revenue to Idaho.  

However, the bill would dedicate all of this new revenue to the state Tax Relief Fund, which would not go through revenue sharing.  The legislation provides no specificity on how this revenue would be used.  The bill also provides that marketplace facilitators would not be required to collect local option sales taxes.

AIC is asking for the bill to go to the amending order so that Sections 4, 5, and 6 could be eliminated, ensuring that sales and use taxes will be collected from Internet marketplace facilitators and the revenue will go through revenue sharing.  

Local governments are facing unprecedented rates of growth in some communities, and most are struggling to fund needed maintenance of their streets and other infrastructure.

It is anticipated that sales and use tax collections from Internet marketplace facilitators will grow into the future, making it very important that this vital source of revenue go through the revenue sharing formula.

The members of the Senate Local Government & Taxation Committee and their office emails and phone numbers are listed below.  

Sen. Jim Rice, Chair


Phone: (208) 332-1423


Sen. C. Scott Grow, Vice Chair


Phone: (208) 332-1334


Sen. Brent Hill


Phone:  (208) 332-1300


Sen. Steve Vick


Phone:  (208) 332-1345


Sen. Kelly Arthur Anthon


Phone:  (208) 332-1327


Sen. Todd M. Lakey


Phone:  (208) 332-1328


Sen. Don Cheatham


Phone:  (208) 332-1338


Sen. Grant Burgoyne


Phone:  (208) 332-1409


Sen. Mark Nye


Phone:  (208) 332-1406

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