On March 22, during debate over the FY2014 Senate Budget Resolution, the Senate, in a major show of bipartisan support, approved an amendment on the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. Amdt. 656) with 75 Senators voting in favor. This victory is an important first step towards seeing this legislation signed into law.
The amendment, led by Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Mike Enzi (R-WY), would give state and local governments the authority to collect already existing sales and use taxes on remote or online sales. This is not a new tax, but rather a more efficient way of collecting the sales tax already owed to state and local governments, and will finally put local business owners and retailers on an equal footing with their online counterparts.
Budget resolutions serve as the blueprint for spending and tax policy goals for both chambers and are intended to guide the consideration of budget-related legislation for the rest of the year. The vote on this amendment is significant because it demonstrates the tremendous support for the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 366/ H.R. 684) as Congress moves toward comprehensive tax reform this year.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) thanks Sens. Durbin and Enzi for their leadership and support on this issue, as well as the 25 additional co-sponsors who have championed the legislation in the Senate. These lawmakers have pushed tirelessly for this important legislation.
Please thank your Senators who supported the amendment!
- To see how your U.S. Senator voted, click here
- To read a NACo legislative policy brief on the Marketplace Fairness Act, click here
Contact: Mike Belarmino 202.942.4254