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May 03
ACTION NEEDED: Senate Set to Vote on Marketplace Fairness Act

On Monday, May 6, the Senate will vote on final passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. Last week, a deal was announced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that scheduled two votes: a vote on a manager’s amendment that delays implementation of the legislation for six months and a final vote on the bill’s passage. The votes are expected to begin Monday at 5:30 p.m. (EST).

Counties should reach out to their Senators and urge them to support the Marketplace Fairness Act and vote for final passage on May 6.

For NACo’s policy brief on remote sales, click here.  To view NACo’s press release on the Marketplace Fairness Act, click here.

The National Association of Counties (NACo), along with other state and local government groups, has long advocated for the authority to enforce existing sales tax on remote sales. This issue has compounded over recent years due to the extraordinary development of the Internet’s use as a retail marketplace. As a result state and local governments have lost billions of dollars in uncollected sales taxes and main street businesses have been put at a significant disadvantage to online retailers.

The Marketplace Fairness Act does not create a new tax, rather, the legislation would grant the authority for state and local governments to enforce existing sales and use tax laws on remote sellers. The bill simply creates a level playing field no matter the choice of venue for retailers and grants the collection authority only after states have simplified their sales tax laws.

Recently, the legislation has quickly moved forward in the Senate through a series of votes demonstrating significant bipartisan support, all leading up to Monday’s vote on final passage.

Contact: Mike Belarmino mbelarmino@naco.org 202-942-4254

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