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House Judiciary Committee Prepares To Hear Marketplace Fairness Act

The following was posted on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee website.  On March 12, the committee will begin discussions on how to handle the issue of states collecting sales tax from online sales.  Last year, NAED was a huge supporter of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which failed to pass.  While a new bill has not yet been written, there is still the possibility that it will be proposed again in 2014.  tED magazine and tedmag.com will continue to follow developments in the Marketplace Fairness Act as they happen.

On Wednesday, March 12th at 10:00 a.m., the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on “Exploring Alternative Solutions on the Internet Sales Tax Issue” to examine five proposed Internet sales tax solutions. Each witness will present a proposal and advocate for and defend it against criticisms from fellow panelists to identify the merits and shortcomings of each approach.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) released the statement below on Wednesday’s hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte:  “Congress is no stranger to the remote sales tax collection issue. Over the past 10 years, more than 30 congressional hearings have been held on the topic. While this is not a new conversation, the process that the Committee takes today is unprecedented. Fresh alternatives on the remote sales tax issue are needed, and on Wednesday we will hear about new ideas from a panel of witnesses. I look forward to examining the pros and cons of their proposed solutions.”

Witnesses for the hearing include:

The Honorable Chris Cox, Counsel, NetChoice and Partner, Bingham McCutchen LLP;

Mr. Joe Crosby, Principal, MultiState Associates Incorporated;

Mr. Stephen P. Kranz, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery;

Mr. William E. Moschella, Shareholder, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLC;

Mr. Andrew Moylan, Outreach Director and Senior Fellow, R Street Institute; and

Mr. James H. Sutton, Jr., Shareholder, Moffa, Gainor, & Sutton, P.A.

Background: On September 18, 2013, the Judiciary Committee published seven guiding principles regarding the internet sales tax issue. The principles were intended to guide discussion on the issue and spark fresh, creative solutions. In the months following, the Committee received a number of ideas in response to the principles. This hearing explores them in detail.

All House Judiciary Committee hearings are webcast live at www.judiciary.house.gov. The hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. 

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