The Retail Industry Leaders
Association (RILA) applauded reintroduction of federal legislation introduced
today that closes the decades-old loophole that gives special treatment to
online-only retailers. In a letter to Senate and House sponsors of the Marketplace
Fairness Act, RILA Executive Vice President for Public Affairs Katherine Lugar,
highlighted the need for a level playing field.
“The retail industry has always been fiercely competitive with merchants
competing every day for consumer dollars based on price, value, services and
other factors. But today, Main Street merchants compete on a playing
field that has been skewed against them due to a loophole that allows
online-only retailers to evade collecting state sales taxes. This practice has
given these sellers a perceived price advantage of up to ten percent, a
competitive edge that results in government policy picking winners and losers
in the free market.”
Encouraging lawmakers to act in 2013 on this important priority for the retail
industry, Lugar touted the legislation’s broad bipartisan appeal and its
importance to local communities.
“This state’s rights approach has the blessing of governors and state
legislators throughout the country, in addition to the Main Street merchants
who invest locally by hiring employees, paying property taxes and contributing
to their communities."
A full copy of the letter to House and Senate cosponsors can be found below:
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.