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Jun 21, 2018

Tester Slams Supreme Court’s Sales Tax Decision

Senator: Montana Businesses Shouldn’t Collect Taxes on Behalf of Other States


(U.S. Senate)-U.S. Senator Jon Tester today slammed the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to force Montana businesses to collect sales taxes on behalf of other states when their residents purchase our goods and services online.

"Montanans don't pay sales taxes and we shouldn't be in the business of collecting sales taxes," Tester said. "I will relentlessly defend Montanans and hold Washington accountable to pass a law to reverse this disastrous decision by the Supreme Court."

Tester has been leading the charge to protect Montanans from a nationwide online sales tax and earlier this year he introduced a resolution to prevent other states from forcing Montanans to collect sales taxes.

Tester was the only member of Montana's Senate delegation to oppose the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was the deciding vote on today's decision to force Montanans to collect and remit sales taxes to help shore up the finances of other states.

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


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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