The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in
response to the announcement that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has reached
an agreement with Amazon.com requiring the online retailer to begin collecting
state sales tax on purchases made in New Jersey by July 1, 2013.
Governor Christie for successfully fighting to level the playing field for New
Jersey retailers,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy. “Today’s
announcement ends the practice of giving out-of-state retailers like Amazon.com
an unfair advantage over those retailers who are an integral part of communities
across New Jersey.
“Today New Jersey
joins 13 other states including California, Texas and Virginia, who have taken
action to close a decades-old loophole that hurts Main Street retailers.
Finally, Governor Christie today joined a broad range of governors who have
called on Congress to pass a comprehensive federal solution that gives states
the power to enforce their tax laws and ensure that all retailers play by the
under consideration in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives would
provide states with the tools to apply equal treatment of the collection of
sales taxes on remote sellers while minimizing administrative burdens and costs
for remote sellers to collect and comply.
RILA is the trade
association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA
members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service
suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales,
millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities
and distribution centers domestically and abroad.