Competition is a necessary part of a thriving retail marketplace. But in order for there to be real and fair competition, there has to be a level playing field. We need a business environment in which all retailers can grow, create jobs, and continue to drive the American economy. Brick-and-mortar retailers have for too long been put at a tremendous disadvantage by an antiquated sales tax framework that clearly benefits online retailers. Therefore, we are calling on Congress to support S. 1832, the Marketplace Fairness Act and H.R. 3179 , the Marketplace Equity Act, legislation that would fix this current competitive imbalance and ensure a viable marketplace for all retailers.
Online-only retailers are currently, in many circumstances, effectively exempt from collecting sales tax and, as a result, enjoy a price advantage – as much as 10% in some states. This is not a level playing field. This situation presents a severe challenge for the retailers that we rely upon to stay in business and create jobs. Every day that goes by without an equitable solution for online sales tax is another nail in the coffin for our local bricks-and-mortar retailers. Make no mistake – these retailers are profoundly linked to the economic vitality of our communities. It’s time for our leaders in Washington, DC to take action on policies that support 21st century retail, and it is critical that Congress quickly move forward with the Marketplace legislation (S. 1832 / H.R. 3179).
This website is designed to give you the tools you need to push your elected official to fix this problem. There is valuable information about the negative impact of the current sales tax system, resources to help you understand why this issue is so important to a healthy retail marketplace and useful economic data about how states are affected by this uncollected revenue.
The retail marketplace is changing, and the only way for local business to evolve and thrive is to fix our outdated sales tax system. We cannot afford—our communities cannot afford—to stand by as more and more brick-and-mortar businesses fall victim to the online sales tax loophole. Now is the time for Congress to address this problem and level the playing field for all retailers.
David Simon, Chairman and CEO, Simon Property Group