POTENTIAL MOVEMENT IN CONGRESS ON E-FAIRNESS

Our friends at the International Council of Shopping Centers provide the following update regarding the E-Fairness measure in Congress.  California addressed this issue several years ago, with the support of CBPA and the retail industry, however a national solution is still needed.

On August 25, after many months of meetings with legislators, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) released draft legislative language aimed at updating the system that governs the collection of remote sales and uses taxes and provides a clear standard for sellers.  This legislation comes at a time when states have ramped up activity to enact various laws to solve the problem of uncollected sales taxes and the lack of parity created by the current antiquated system.

ICSC issued the following response to the draft legislation:

“It is time to fix our country’s sales-tax system, which unfairly picks winners and losers and, more importantly, shortchanges communities on revenue that directly funds everything from schools to fire departments and infrastructure. The fact is that online retailing is a mature business and these retailers should compete with brick-and-mortar sellers on price, inventory and customer service, not on sales tax treatment. The introduction of legislative language today is a step forward and we encourage the Judiciary Committee to maintain constructive momentum by holding a hearing and actively working with interested parties to achieve this year a bipartisan, bicameral solution to a longstanding and important issue of national concern.”

As well, the ICSC-led Marketplace Fairness Coalition, which represents thousands of businesses and civic organizations across the country, acknowledged the Chairman’s efforts on federal E-Fairness legislation:

“The Marketplace Fairness Coalition is pleased to see engagement in the legislative process on an important issue for America’s communities. We look forward to reviewing the bill details and working with Congress to pass the right federal solution to modernize state sales tax collection as soon as possible.”

 

The coalition is asking Chairman Goodlatte to move forward with a legislative hearing on this bill so that stakeholders in this issue are able to offer constructive comments and suggestions and help advance a much needed solution.

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