Efforts to collect sales taxes on Internet sales expands: Germany acts to capture the revenue

Since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled states can collect sales taxes from remote sellers, we’ve been paying more attention to responses. The ruling has created uncertainty for states, sellers, and buyers. Some are calling on Congress to develop guidelines. (Hold your skepticism!) We’ve linked to a useful Tax Foundation Q&A on the decision.

Of course, in a global economy, the tax policy challenges are not limited to the U.S. So we were not surprised to read this AP story pointing out that Germany intends to crack down on internet sales.

Germany’s government has initiated legislation that would make online retailers liable for sales tax that isn’t paid by vendors based outside the country.

The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the bill, which requires parliamentary approval and is slated to take effect Jan. 1.

Just thought you might be interested. Expect more of this.