Call To Action! Online Sales Tax

by Bill McClellan on Apr 26, 2013 4:20:00 PM Advocacy

The industry needs your immediate help! Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has unexpectedly set in motion procedures for the Senate to proceed with Internet Sales Tax through the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743). ERA, working with our partners in the True Simplification of Taxation Coalition (TruST) successfully helped delay action until the week of May 6, 2013.  

Take Action Now! Ask your Senators to oppose this attempt to take your voice away. The Senate should carefully examine the consequences S. 743 will impose on the American economy and your business.

One of Congress’s fundamental responsibilities is the protection of interstate commerce. Allowing states to interfere should not be done lightly or without full deliberation of the consequences. Therefore, states should be required to enact meaningful simplifications and safeguards as a trade for Congressional permission on requiring remote sellers to become tax collectors for every state.

ERA continues continues its strong advocacy on your behalf through lobbying Congress, aggressive public relations with press contacts and close coordination with other interested industry groups.

How you can help:

  1. Contact your Senator today. We believe the minimum simplification requirements include: a single sales tax rate per state, compensation for collection costs, a single set of definitions for taxable products, a single audit on behalf of all states, a common sales tax return for remote sellers to file, a single national rule for sourcing, sales tax holiday and threshold harmonization, federal dispute resolution and no creation of nexus for other business purposes.
  2. Attend the Government Affairs Fly-In May 21-22. All hands on deck will be needed to lobby the U.S. House of Representatives in the event of Senate passage of the Market Place Fairness Act (S. 743). Congress needs to hear your voice to be reminded of the dire consequences of passage of this legislation as currently drafted. Act now working together with your industry peers can influence the trajectory of this legislation.

If you have questions or comments, please contact Bill McClellan bmcclellan@retailing.org

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