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.
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
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.
Mike Belarmino 202.942.4254