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

March 15, 2016

For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Jared Favole
Marketplace Fairness Coalition

Washington, D.C.
– Today, 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. The Marketplace Fairness Coalition released the following statement echoing the letter's call for action:

"The longer Congress waits to solve this online tax loophole, the more we'll see brick-and-mortar merchants close and file for bankruptcy. This year alone, major businesses have announced the closure of more than 500 stores partly as a result of inaction on e-fairness. What's more, this inaction is harming workers and local communities across the U.S.

"That's why we strongly support the businesses' call for action. Congress needs to level the playing field by closing this pre-Internet tax loophole. E-fairness legislation enjoys broad bipartisan support and passed with a strong majority in the Senate in 2013. Unfortunately, the House Judiciary Committee for three years has failed to hold a vote.

"The longer Congress waits, the more harm it does to local job creators and states that are faced with having to cut services or raise alternate taxes to make up for lost online sales tax revenue. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has already promised a vote on e-fairness legislation later this year; now it's time for the House Judiciary Committee to mark-up e-fairness legislation and report it to the House floor for a vote."

Read the full letter here.