hearing held today before the Senate Commerce Committee, Senators signaled
readiness to level the playing field for all retailers and pass e-fairness legislation,
noted the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA). The hearing considered the Marketplace
Fairness Act, legislation aimed at closing the sales tax loophole and leveling
the playing field for all retailers.
Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Katherine Lugar commended bill
sponsors Senators Mike Enzi (R-WY), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lamar Alexander
(R-TN) for building a strong case for the need to end preferential treatment
for online sellers and restore a true free market for America’s retailers.
“Government shouldn’t be picking
winners and losers by giving online companies an artificial competitive
advantage—that runs contrary to the basic American belief in free enterprise,” said Lugar.
“Today’s hearing was a win for
those who believe in free markets.
“The few remaining opponents of a
level retail playing field are grasping at straws to derail this legislation
and protect the special treatment that is currently distorting the free
“But no compelling argument was made today to justify continued preferential
treatment in the tax code that gives online retailers an artificial competitive
advantage over brick and mortar stores.
“Retailers have been waiting a
long time, and today’s hearing is yet another next big step toward restoring a
true free market. On behalf of America’s
retailers we remain committed to working with lawmakers in both parties, in the
House and the Senate, to push for action this year that levels the playing
field once and for all.”
Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is a trade association of the largest and
most successful companies in the retail industry. Its member companies
include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers,
which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales. RILA
members operate more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and
distribution centers, have facilities in all 50 states, and provide millions of
jobs domestically and worldwide.