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
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.