Today, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) urged Members of the House of Representatives to reject the No Regulation Without Representation Act (H.R. 2887), legislation that would preserve two decades of special treatment for online retailers at the expense of local businesses that collect and remit sales tax. The bill, recently introduced by Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), would stifle innovation and growth in the retail industry by codifying a 20th century court ruling on a 21st century marketplace.
"The Sensenbrenner bill is a step backwards for retailers that have worked in good faith with House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte for almost four years on a solution that ends special tax treatment for online-only retailers. Instead of updating our tax code to reflect modern-day commerce, the bill being debated today would codify government picking winners and losers, and preserve a loophole that continues to distort free market competition,” said RILA Executive Vice President of Federal Government Affairs Jennifer Safavian.
“As the retail industry evolves to address modern consumer demands and a future that incorporates both digital innovation and physical storefronts, we urge lawmakers to reject this legislation and focus their efforts on creating a level playing field that gives all businesses a fair shot to compete.”
RILA is the trade association of the worlds 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.