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The Wall Street Journal Is Wrong About E-Fairness Legislation

Washington, D.C. – Today, the Marketplace Fairness Coalition released a statement in response to a Wall Street Journal editorial on online sales tax legislation:

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Responds To National Taxpayers Union Poll

Washington, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition (MFC) released the following statement today in response to the National Taxpayers Union's (NTU) poll on E-Fairness:

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MFC Calls On Congress To Pass E-Fairness Legislation Now

Washington, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition (MFC) released the following statement today urging Congress to act immediately and pass federal E-Fairness legislation:

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Statement On SCOTUS Granting Cert

Today, in response to the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to grant the petition for a writ of certiorari in the matter of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. et. al., the Marketplace Fairness Coalition issued the following statement:

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GAO Report Finds E-Fairness Would Return Billions To States

Today, in response to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on the federal E-Fairness legislation, the Marketplace Fairness Coalition issued the following statement:

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Condemns Heritage Action For America's Opposition To RTPA

Today, in response to Heritage Action for America's statement on the Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA), the Marketplace Fairness Coalition issued the following statement:

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Releases Lost Sales Tax Revenue Analysis

Today, the Marketplace Fairness Coalition released an analysis detailing the amount of sales tax revenue each state is estimated to lose over the next five years if the remote sales tax loophole remains unclosed. The analysis uses the National Conference of State Legislatures' 2015 national uncollected sales tax data to calculate the projections.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Issues Statement On South Dakota Supreme Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in response to the decision of the Supreme Court of South Dakota in the matter of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. et. al., the Marketplace Fairness Coalition issued the following statement...

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Submits Letter To House Judiciary Committee Condemning Missteps, Inaction On Federal E-Fairness Solution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Marketplace Fairness Coalition submitted a letter to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law in advance of its hearing on H.R. 2887, the No Regulation Without Representation Act, expressing its members' disappointment with the lack of congressional action to address the issue of remote sales tax parity.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Blunt For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Missouri Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Blunt (R-MO) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Missouri and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Cardin For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Maryland Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Cardin (D-MD) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Maryland and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Collins For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Maine Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Collins (R-ME) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Maine and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Duckworth For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Illinois Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Duckworth (D-IL) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Illinois and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Feinstein For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help California Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Feinstein (R-WY) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in California and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Franken For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Minnesota Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Franken (D-MN) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Minnesota and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Kaine For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Virginia Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Kaine (D-VA) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Virginia and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. King For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Maine Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator King (I-ME) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Maine and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Markey For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Massachusetts Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Markey (D-MA) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Massachusetts and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Reed For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Rhode Island Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Reed (D-RI) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Rhode Island and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Rounds For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help South Dakota Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Rounds (R-SD) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in South Dakota and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Warner For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Virginia Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Warner (D-VA) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Virginia and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Warren For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Massachusetts Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Warren (D-MA) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Massachusetts and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Whitehouse For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Rhode Island Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Whitehouse (D-RI) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Rhode Island and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Klobuchar For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Minnesota Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Minnesota and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Durbin For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Illinois Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Durbin (D-IL) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Illinois and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Alexander For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Tennessee Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Alexander (R-TN) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Tennessee and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Enzi For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Wyoming Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Enzi (R-WY) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Wyoming and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Sen. Heitkamp For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help North Dakota Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Senator Heitkamp (R-ND) for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in North Dakota and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. Noem For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help South Dakota Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Noem (R-SD-AL) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in South Dakota and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. Chaffetz For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Utah Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Chaffetz (R-UT-3) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Utah and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. Womack For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Arkansas Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Womack (R-AR-3) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Arkansas and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. Stivers For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Ohio Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Stivers (R-OH-15) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Utah and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. Barletta For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Pennsylvania Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Barletta (R-PA-11) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Pennsylvania and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. Mullin For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Oklahoma Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Mullin (R-OK-2) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Oklahoma and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. Conyers For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Michigan Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Conyers (D-MI-13) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Michigan and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. Speier For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help California Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Speier (D-CA-14) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in California and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. Welch For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Vermont Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Welch (D-VT-AL) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Vermont and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. DelBene For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Washington Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative DelBene (D-WA-1) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Washington and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Rep. Cicilline For Introducing Bipartisan Bill To Help Rhode Island Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marketplace Fairness Coalition applauded U.S. Representative Cicilline (D-RI-1) for reintroducing the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA), bipartisan legislation that will level the playing field for brick-and-mortar businesses in Rhode Island and nationwide. Corresponding bicameral legislation was also reintroduced this week in the U.S. Senate.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Applauds Lawmakers For Reintroducing Bipartisan E-Fairness Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C –The Marketplace Fairness Coalition released the following statement today in response to the reintroduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) in the U.S. Senate and the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA) in the U.S. House of Representatives:

"The reintroduction of bipartisan and bicameral E-Fairness legislation is an important step in the right direction to help American businesses and workers thrive and grow.

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Statement On Goodlatte Proposal

"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."

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Marketplace Fairness Coalition Opposes Sensenbrenner Bill

After decades of discussions with Members of Congress regarding the problems created by the 1992 Supreme Court Quill decision, the Marketplace Fairness Coalition is very disappointed to see the introduction of the 'No Regulation Without Representation Act of 2016' by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI). The Coalition strongly opposes H.R. 5893 as it codifies the unfair online sales tax loophole from Quill, disadvantaging thousands of local businesses across the country today.

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To Mark The Third Anniversary Of Successful Senate Vote, Marketplace Fairness Coalition Calls On Congress To Finish Its Work, Pass Online Sales Tax Legislation

Friday marks the third anniversary of the U.S. Senate passing the Marketplace Fairness Act by a vote of 69-27. The Marketplace Fairness Coalition released the following statement to mark the anniversary.

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Business Groups Urge Congressman Goodlatte, House Judiciary Committee To Hold A Vote On E-Fairness

On March 15, 2016, 26 organizations representing thousands of businesses nationwide signed a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.) urging the Committee to exercise regular order and bring e-fairness legislation up for consideration.

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NRF Applauds Senate Support for E-Fairness Legislation

In response to comments from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell today that Internet sales tax legislation would be considered by the chamber during the current session of Congress, NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said:

“Retailers applaud e-fairness champions Sens. Dick Durbin, Lamar Alexander, Mike Enzi and Heidi Heitkamp for continuing to push for action on removing the government-imposed sales tax advantage that Internet sellers enjoy."

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Kentuckians Overwhelmingly Support Closing The Online Sales Tax Loophole

New Poll Finds Strong Support for Federal Legislation in the Bluegrass State

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Voters Want Congress to Close the Online Sales Tax Loophole

Today the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released the results of a national poll that shows that seven out of 10 registered voters support federal legislation that requires online-only sellers to collect sales tax at the time of purchase. This is the fourth year in a row that Americans from across the political spectrum have expressed overwhelming support for efairness legislation to close the online sales tax loophole.

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Shopping Center Industry Applauds Introduction of Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015

Today the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) applauded the introduction of the Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015 in the 114th Congress by Representatives Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and Steve Womack (R-AR). This legislation would finally create parity between online-only sellers and brick-and-mortar retailers on the collection of state and local sales taxes.

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Shopping Center Industry Urges Passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015

Today the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) applauded the introduction by Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2015 in the 114th Congress. This legislation marks an ongoing commitment of the upper chamber to take decisive action to end the special treatment afforded online-only sellers at the expense of brick-and-mortar retailers. The legislation tracks closely with legislation that the Senate passed by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority in 2013.

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SCOTUS Puts Pressure on Congress to Act on eFairness

The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) watched with great interest the unanimous Supreme Court ruling in Direct Marketing Association v. Brohl. The central question in the lawsuit boiled down to whether out-of-state sellers could push back on Colorado’s attempt to collect sales tax for online purchases through reporting. The Supreme Court decision reverses a lower court ruling and effectively limits Colorado’s efforts to collect sales and use taxes on remote sales in this manner.

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Momentum for Marketplace Fairness at All Time High

WASHINGTON, September 10, 2014 — Today the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released the results of a national poll that shows that seven in ten Americans support legislation requiring sales tax collection at the time of purchase. This represents an increase of six percentage points since 2013 and eleven percentage points since 2012.

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House Judiciary Committee Moves Forward on eFairness

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2014 — The International Council of Shopping Centers is calling for immediate Congressional action on legislation to create marketplace fairness after the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing this morning on the Internet sales tax issue.

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Supreme Court Defers On Retail Fairness, Congress Must Act

WASHINGTON, December 3, 2013 — The International Council of Shopping Centers is calling for Congressional action on retail fairness today after the Supreme Court announced it would not rule on the issue. With the nation’s highest court declining to take up the case, it is now up to the U.S. House of Representatives to close the online sales tax loophole once and for all. The U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act earlier this year to resolve this outstanding issue, reflecting overwhelming support that led to a bipartisan 69-27 vote to approve the legislation. House Members continue to receive urgent calls from constituents to take action before the end of the 2013 holiday shopping season.

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New National Poll Shows Overwhelming Support for Collection of Online Sales Tax at the Time of Purchase

WASHINGTON, October 8, 2013 — Today the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released the results of a national poll showing that a majority of Americans feel it would be far easier to pay sales or use tax on online purchases at the time-of-purchase. The poll also shows an increase in support among voters for federal legislation that would restore basic free market principles for brick-and-mortar retailers.

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Shopping Center Industry Applauds Progress by House Judiciary Committee

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2013 — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) today commended House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) for moving towards leveling the playing field between online-only sellers and brick-and-mortar retailers with regards to sales tax collection. Recognizing that this is a problem that needs to be addressed, this week Goodlatte will formally release principles he believes must be embodied in the legislation, which is expected to be introduced in the near future. ICSC supports Chairman Goodlatte’s effort and has pledged to work with him towards enactment of legislation aimed at the ongoing issue.

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Shopping Center Industry Applauds the Passage of Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate

WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013 — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) today applauded the United States Senate for the passage of The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 in a 69-27 vote. The bipartisan legislation gives states the authority to choose to require online sellers to collect sales taxes just like brick-and-mortar retailers already do. The bill, which provides a common-sense solution to a decades-old problem that has created a distorted marketplace, is designed to promote fairness and compliance, without burdening free enterprise.

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Shopping Center Industry Applauds the Adoption of Marketplace Fairness Amendment in the Senate

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2013 — The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) today applauded the adoption of an amendment to the fiscal year 2014 Senate Budget Resolution. The amendment gives states the authority – if they so choose – to require online sellers to collect sales taxes just like brick-and-mortar retailers already do. It also provides a common-sense, bipartisan solution to a decades-old problem that has impaired free market principles and distorted the marketplace.

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Strong Consumer Support for Congressional Action On E-Fairness

WASHINGTON, November 19, 2012 — Today the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released the results of a national poll finding that a majority of Americans support the Congressional effort to require online retailers to collect sales tax at the point-of-purchase. The poll was conducted just before the holiday shopping season to gauge consumer sentiment about online sales and use tax collection. ICSC strongly supports two bills currently under consideration in Congress—the Marketplace Fairness Act and the Marketplace Equity Act—which are designed to level the playing field for all retailers.

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Sales Tax Fairness One Step Closer With Senate Commerce Hearing

WASHINGTON, August 2, 2012 — Yesterday the Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on S. 1832, the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that levels the playing field between brick-and-mortar and Internet-only retailers. The Senate hearing featured testimony by Sens. Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN), and caps a month of intense activity on Capitol Hill as Democratic and Republican lawmakers work to close the sales tax loophole that enables online sellers to bypass collecting state sales taxes.

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House Judiciary Committee Holds Hearing on Online Sales Tax Legislation

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2012 — Today the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on H.R. 3179, the Marketplace Equity Act, a bill that levels the playing field between brick-and-mortar and Internet-only retailers. The Judiciary Committee hearing comes on the heels of recent Senate activity on S. 1832, the Marketplace Fairness Act, a similar bill, which was filed as an amendment to a small business tax credit measure.

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Shopping Center Industry Applauds Efforts to Bring Sales Tax Fairness to New Jersey Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2012 – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced yesterday that Amazon will begin collecting sales tax on purchases made by New Jersey residents starting in July 2013. Currently, Internet retailers like Amazon are required to collect sales taxes only in states where they have a physical nexus (store, office, warehouse, or distribution center), putting brick-and-mortar retailers that must collect the tax at a competitive price disadvantage.

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New Study Shows U.S. Consumers Support Convenience of Point-Of-Purchase Sales Tax Collection

WASHINGTON, May 14 2012 — Today the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) released the results of a national survey finding that an overwhelming 86% of respondents feel it would be far easier to pay sales tax on online purchases at the point-of-purchase. The survey was conducted on the heels of the 2011 tax season to gauge consumer sentiment about online sales and use tax collection. ICSC strongly supports two bills currently under consideration in Congress – Marketplace Fairness Act and Marketplace Equity Act – which are designed to save consumers the burden of self-reporting use taxes and to level the playing field for all retailers.

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ICSC Announces Launch of New Website for Sales Tax Fairness

WASHINGTON, January 31, 2011 -- The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) today announced the launch of its new website, www.21stcenturyretail.org. The website is designed to serve as a hub of information about sales tax fairness and how the current sales tax system is unable to support the 21st Century retail marketplace. It will be continuously updated to provide the public, stakeholders, the media and lawmakers with information on the online sales tax loophole and resources to help level the playing field for all retailers.

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ICSC Applauds Introduction of Bipartisan S. 1832, the Marketplace Fairness Act

WASHINGTON, November 9, 2011 -- The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) supports Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) in introducing the Marketplace Fairness Act which, if enacted, will close an online sales tax loophole that has hurt local retailers, fueled state budget shortfalls, and placed consumers at unnecessary risk for fines and penalties. The bill, S. 1832, will empower states to enforce existing laws by requiring online retailers and other remote sellers to collect sales taxes.

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Shopping Center Industry Supports New Federal Online Sales Tax Bill

WASHINGTON, October 12, 2011 -- Representatives Steve Womack (R-AR) and Jackie Speier (D-CA) today announced the introduction of the bipartisan Marketplace Equity Act in the U.S. Congress. Currently, Internet retailers are required only to collect sales taxes in states where they have a physical nexus (store, office, warehouse, or distribution center). If enacted, the MEA would empower states to collect sales taxes already owed at the point of purchase from online retailers who may not have a physical nexus in the state, but sell millions of dollars in merchandise there. Reps. Womack and Speier were joined at today’s press conference by small business owners from Arkansas, California, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee and Utah.

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