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

July 25, 2017


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.
"Instead of moving forward with bipartisan legislation such as H.R. 2193, the Remote Transactions Parity Act, the committee is considering dangerous and overreaching legislation that codifies the outdated physical nexus model, negates significant consumer protections and undermines states' rights," the letter stated.  
"We have continually encouraged the committee to exercise its constitutionally granted interstate commerce authority, but believe that good policy would dictate that this responsibility should be undertaken on a direct and specific case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, under Chairman Goodlatte’s leadership the committee has been unable to fulfill that role."
In 2015 alone, states missed out on $26 billion in online sales tax revenue. A bipartisan group of legislators—25 U.S. Senators and 34 U.S. Representatives—have cosponsored the Marketplace Fairness Act and Remote Transactions Parity Act respectively, both of which would close the federal online sales tax loophole.
It's time for Congress to pass a federal E-Fairness solution, level the playing field for Main Street businesses, and enable critical funding for state and local governments to support first responders, teachers, and law enforcement.
Read the letter here.

Media Contact:
Emily Hamilton
Marketplace Fairness Coalition