for a level playing field between traditional brick-and-mortar retailers and
their online-only competitors are celebrating the implementation of sales tax
fairness in California. Beginning September 15, online-only retailers,
such as Amazon.com, will begin collecting state sales tax in
“Modern retailers operate in a competitive environment that
requires them to compete on price 24 hours a day both in the store and
online. Closing the loophole that has given Amazon and other e-tailers an
unfair competitive advantage over brick and mortar stores is essential to a
free market economy that is void of government picking winners and losers,” said
RILA President Sandy Kennedy.
“Enactment of e-fairness in California is a big step in the right
direction, but we still need Congress to finish the job. Only a
comprehensive federal solution will end special treatment for online-only
sellers. Congress should follow the bi-partisan example set by our
nation’s governors and close the sales tax loophole by passing the Marketplace
Fairness Act in the Senate and the Marketplace Equity Act in the House—both
enjoy rare broad bipartisan support.
“A level playing field where every retailer competes on price in a
free market is the right prescription for innovation and job growth in the
retail sector. Congress can give these job providers a big boost by
enacting e-fairness legislation by the end of the year.”
joins Texas and Pennsylvania this year in requiring Amazon to begin collecting
sales taxes, New Jersey and Virginia will require the same next year. Broadly
supported bipartisan legislation under consideration in Congress would provide
a comprehensive solution and provide states the tools they need to enforce
their own sales tax laws.
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.