Retailers Win Internet Battle: Senate Passes Internet Sales Tax Bill

Google ChromeScreenSnapz001The brick and mortar retail business just saw a major development in its pricing disadvantage vs. internet retailers.  A change may be underway in the tax charged to its online competition, if the big hurdle crossed this week is any indication. By a 2-to-1 margin — an unusual outcome for such a historically deadlocked Congress — the US Senate this week passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to levy sales taxes on internet purchases.

Long advocated by NAR in coalition with other industry groups, S.743 (formerly S.336) the bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY) Lamar Alexander (R-TN) Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Dick Durbin (D-IL).

Who Gets The Win?

NAR was vocal and in front of this push to restore a level playing field to the retail industry – but far from alone.  Signatory the March 2013 letter to the Senate  were a veritable who’s who of national and state trade associations, each of whom depend upon face-to-face transactions

American Apparel and Footwear Association
American Booksellers Association
American Farm Bureau Federation ®
American Independent Business Alliance
American Specialty Toy Retailing Association
American Veterinary Medical Association
Association for Christian Retail
California Association of College Store
Campus Stores of New England
Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute
College Stores Association of North Carolina
Consumer Electronics Association
Consumer Electronics Retailers Association
Food Marketing Institute2
Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)
Independent Running Retailer Association
Institute of Real Management
International Council of Shopping Centers
International Downtown Association
International Economic Development Council
Jewelers of America
Middle Atlantic College Stores
NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association
NAMM, National Association of Music Merchants
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Association of College Stores
National Association of Electrical Distributors
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts
National Association of Realtors
National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors
National Bicycle Dealers Association
National Grocers Association
National Home Furnishings Association
National Retail Federation
National Sporting Goods Association
North American Retail Dealers Association
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)
Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council
Professional Beauty Association
Real Estate Roundtable
Realtors Land Institute
Retail Industry Leaders Association
Soccer Dealer Association
Society of Industrial and Office Realtors
Southwest Association of College Bookstores
Tri-State Bookstore Association
World Floor Covering Association

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  • Tom Saenz

    May 17, 2013

    “But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever” – John Adams

    “Liberty, once lost, is lost forever” applies to this situation. Brick and Mortar companies should have figured out a way for them to increase online sales without paying taxes.

    • Wayne Grohl

      May 19, 2013

      Hi, Tom:

      While I’m a fan of John Adams, let’s not forget that the only taxes he was opposed to were taxes paid to the British crown prior to the revolution. Adams, like dozens of other framers imposed taxes on Americans to pay for the things that the state needs, as they were interested in creating a lasting government. (And boy, did they ever create one.)

      My favorite quote on this is from George Washington’s farewell address:

      “To facilitate to them the performance of their duty it is essential that you should practically bear in mind, that towards the payment of debts there must be Revenue; that to have Revenue there must be taxes.”

      Thanks for reading!



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