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April 21
​Marketplace Fairness Act Could See Action Soon
On April 16, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) set the stage to bring the Marketplace Fairness Act directly to the Senate floor under a procedural process known as Rule 14.  Under the rule, the bill would bypass the Senate Finance Committee, which has yet to take any action on the measure, and be placed on the Senate Calendar. 

 

The efforts to move the legislation in this Congress, led by Sens. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), have produced some of the most positive results to date on this effort.  Last month, 75 Senators voted in favor of the bill during a test vote held as part of the FY 2014 Budget Resolution debate.

NACo has long advocated for this legislation as it would give state and local governments the authority to collect already existing sales and use taxes on remote sales, which includes the growing segment of online purchases.  On April 18, Sen. Reid filed cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill, therefore consideration on the floor will likely occur this week. 

Counties should start reaching out to their Senators now and urge them to support the Marketplace Fairness Act when it comes to the floor.

For NACo’s legislative fact sheet on remote sales tax collection, click here.

 

Contact: Mike Belarmino 202.942.4254    

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