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NAED Sends Letter Urging Passage Of The Marketplace Fairness Act

NAED has signed the following letter and sent it to Virginia Congressman Robert Goodlatte, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet.   NAED is pushing for passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow states to collect sales tax on all items sold online.


January 07, 2014

The Honorable Robert W. Goodlatte
Chairman
The Committee on the Judiciary
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Goodlatte:

On behalf of the undersigned businesses and organizations, we are writing to start off the new year to urge immediate action on legislation to create marketplace fairness and make the 2013 holiday shopping season the last where Main Street businesses must compete at a government-created price disadvantage. The recent decision by the United States Supreme Court to decline granting certiorari for two cases that challenged a New York State statute only highlights the need for Congressional action. We applaud your “Basic Principles on Remote Sales Tax”  principles released on September 18 and  now urge you to turn these principles into legislative language and make this issue a top priority for the Judiciary Committee in 2014.

In the 1992 Quill Corp. v. North Dakota case, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote that “the underlying issue [of whether remote sellers should be required to collect sales taxes] is not only one that Congress may be better qualified to resolve, but also one that Congress has the ultimate power to resolve.” More than twenty years later, the Court’s recent refusal to revisit the legal question, ironically announced on Cyber Monday, reaffirms their 1992 direction that this is an issue that Congress must address.

Online shopping is popular with consumers and sellers alike. The rapid growth of e-commerce should benefit online sellers as well as Main Street businesses that also sell online. However, the special treatment of remote sellers distorts this market and puts many local brick-and-mortar businesses at a competitive disadvantage. IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark reports that online shopping this Cyber Monday leapt by 20.6 percent over last year. This incredible growth underscores the importance of Congressional action to ensure government tax policy does not disrupt basic free market competition.  

Legislation that levels the playing field while establishing important protections for businesses and consumers will ensure a healthy and competitive marketplace for decades to come.  We believe it is crucial for Congress to address this problem this year to protect millions of jobs.  And, as Dr. Art Laffer’s recent study found, when Congress fixes this problem it could help create 1.5 million new jobs and generate $563 billion in GDP growth in the next decade.   

In closing, we appreciate the deliberative manner in which you have addressed the issue of how to modernize our sales tax collection system for the digital economy, and we urge you to make legislating on this issue a top priority for your Committee by moving a bill in early 2014.  We stand ready to work with you and your staff to help translate your seven guiding principles into legislation that will provide meaningful simplifications for remote sellers and create a level playing field for all retailers. Thank you for your leadership on this and many important issues to our economy and country. 

Sincerely,

NATIONAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS

American Apparel and Footwear Association

American Beverage Licensees

American Booksellers Association

American Farm Bureau Federation

American Independent Business Alliance

American Lighting Association

American Specialty Toy Retailing Association

American Supply Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

Association for Christian Retail

Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA)

California Association of College Store

Campus Stores of New England

Certified Commercial Investment Member Institute

College Stores Association of North Carolina

Consumer Electronics Association

Consumer Electronics Retailers Association

Food Marketing Institute

Heating, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI)

Independent Running Retailer Association

Institute of Real Estate Management

International Council of Shopping Centers

International Downtown Association

International Economic Development Council

Jewelers of America

Middle Atlantic College Stores

Midwest Independent Booksellers Association

NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association

NAMM, National Association of Music Merchants

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

National Association of College Stores

National Association of Electrical Distributors

National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts

National Association of Realtors

National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors

National Bicycle Dealers Association

National Grocers Association

National Home Furnishings Association

National Retail Federation

National School Supply & Equipment Association

National Sporting Goods Association

North American Retail Dealers Association

Northwest Tire Dealers Association

Outdoor Industry Association (OIA)

Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council

Professional Beauty Association

Real Estate Roundtable

Realtors Land Institute

Retail Industry Leaders Association

Soccer Dealer Association

Society of Industrial and Office Realtors

Southwest Association of College Bookstores

Tri-State Bookstore Association

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

World Floor Covering Association

 

STATE / LOCAL TRADE ASSOCIATIONS

Alabama College Bookstore Association

Alabama Retail Association

Alaska Veterinary Medical Association

Alliance of Wisconsin Retailers

Arizona Retailers Association

Arkansas Grocers and Retail Merchants Association

Association of Washington Business

California Association of College Stores

California Business Properties Association

Southern California Independent Booksellers Association

California Retailers Association

California Veterinary Medical Association

Campus Stores of New England

Carolinas Food Industry Council

College Stores Association of North Carolina

College Stores Association of New York State

Colorado Retail Council

Colorado Veterinary Medical Association

Connecticut Retail Merchants Association

Delaware Veterinary Medical Association

Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, WA

The El Dorado Hills CA Chamber of Commerce

The Elgin IL Chamber of Commerce

Florida Association of College Stores

Florida Chamber of Commerce

Florida Retail Federation

Georgia Association of College Stores

Georgia Retail Association

Georgia Veterinary Medical Association

Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association

Idaho Retailers Association

Idaho Veterinary Medical Association

Illinois Association of College Stores

Illinois Retail Merchants Association

Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association

Indiana Association of College Stores

Indiana Retail Council

Indiana Veterinary Medical Association

Iowa Retail Federation

Iowa Veterinary Medical Association

Kansas Chamber of Commerce

Kentucky Retail Federation

Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association

Local First Arizona

Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce

Louisiana Retailers Association

Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association

Maine Merchants Association

Maine Veterinary Medical Association

Maryland Retailers Association

Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association

Michigan Association of College Stores

Michigan Retailers Association

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

Minnesota Business Partnership

Minnesota Chamber of Commerce

Minnesota Retail Association

Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association

Missouri Retailers Association

Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association

Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce

Nebraska Retail Federation

Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association

Nevada Veterinary Medical Association

New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association

New England Independent Booksellers Association

New Jersey Retail Merchants Association

New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association

New Mexico Retail Association

North Carolina Retail Merchants Association

North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association

North Dakota Retail Association

Northern California Independent Booksellers Association

Northwest College Bookstore Association (WA, OR, AK, MT)

Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce

Ohio Association of College Stores

Ohio Council of Retail Merchants

Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association

Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association

Pennsylvania Retailers’ Association

Retail Association of Mississippi

Retail Association of Nevada

Retail Council of New York State

Retail Merchants of Hawaii

Retailers Association of Massachusetts

Rhode Island Retail Federation

Rocky Mountain Skyline Bookstore Association

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce

South Carolina Association of College Stores

South Carolina Association of Veterinarians

South Carolina Retail Merchants Association

South Dakota Retailers Association

Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance

Tennessee Association of College Stores

Tennessee Retail Association

Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association

Texas Retailers Association

The State Chamber of Oklahoma

Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce

Tri-State Bookstore Association (ND, SD & MN)

Tri-State Jewelers Association

Twin Cities Metro Independent Business Alliance

Utah Food Industry Association

Utah Retail Merchants Association

Utah Veterinary Medical Association

Vermont Retail Association

Virginia Retail Merchants Association

Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

Washington Retail Association

Washington State Motorsports Dealers Association (WSMDA)

Washington State Veterinary Medical Association

West Virginia Retailers Association

West Virginia Veterinary Medical Association

Wisconsin Association of College Stores

Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association

Wyoming Retail Association

Wyoming Veterinary Medical Association

 

COMPANIES

Abbell Associates, Chicago, IL

A Cleaner Place, Oklahoma City, OK

Acadia Realty Trust, White Plains, NY

Amazon.com, Seattle, WA

AutoZone, Memphis, TN

Badcock Home Furniture, Mulberry, FL

Balliet’s, LLC, Oklahoma City, OK

Barnes and Noble, New York, NY

Beall’s, Inc., Bradenton, FL

Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Union, NJ

Belpre Motor Sales, Belpre, OH

Ben Bridge Jewelers, Seattle, WA

Best Buy Co., Inc., Richfield, MN

Blake Hunt Ventures, Inc., Danville, CA

Book Nook, Monroe, MI

The Brumby Chair Co., Marietta, GA

BrandsMart U.S.A., Hollywood, FL

Brooks Running Company, Seattle, WA

Bucksbaum Retail Properties, Inc., Chicago, IL

Build-A-Bear Workshop(R), Saint Louis, MO

Camelot Retail Consulting Group, Wichita, KS

Cardinal Camera, Lansdale, PA

Cardi’s Furniture, Swansea, MA

Cascade Designs, Seattle, WA

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc., Chattanooga, TN

Cencor Realty Services, Dallas, TX

Chesterfield Blue Valley, LLC, St. Louis, MO

The CortiGilchrist Partnership, LLC, San Diego, CA

Dan’s Camera City, Allentown, PA

David Hocker and Associates, Louisville, KY

Davidsons, Roanoke, VA

DDR Corp., Beachwood, OH

Demos.org, New York, NY

Dick’s Sporting Goods, Coraopolis, PA

DLC Management Corp., Tarrytown, NY

Donahue Schriber Realty Group, Costa Mesa, CA

EDENS, Columbia, SC

Evergreen Devco, Inc., Glendale, CA

ExOfficio, Seattle, WA

Fairfield Corp., Battle Creek, MI

Far Bank Enterprises, Bainbridge Island, WA

Federal Realty Investment Trust, Rockville, MD

FedTax, Norwalk, CT

Follett Corporation, River Grove, IL

Foot Locker, Inc., New York, NY

Forest City Enterprises, Inc., Cleveland, OH

Gap Inc., San Francisco, CA

Garrison Pacific Properties, San Rafael, CA

General Growth Properties, Chicago, IL

Ginn Solutions

Givens Books and Little Dickens, Lynchburg, VA

Glimcher Realty Trust, Columbus, OH

The Greeby Companies, Inc., Chicago, IL

Hart Realty Advisers, Inc., Simsbury, CT

Hephner TV and Electronics, Wichita, KS

The Hocker Group, Louisville, KY

The Home Depot, Inc.

The Howard Group, Albany, NY

Houston Jewelry, Houston, TX

Hutensky Capital Partners, Hartford, CT

Hy-Vee Inc., Des Moines, IA

Inland Real Estate Corporation, Oak Brook, Il

JC Penney, Plano, TX

Jo-Ann Stores, Inc., Hudson, OH

Kemper Development Company, Bellevue, WA

Kimco Realty Corporation, New Hyde Park, NY

The King’s English Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT

The Kroger Co., Cincinnati, OH

L. Michael Foley and Associates, LLC, La Jolla, CA

Larmon Photo Inc., Abington, PA

Larson Binkley, Inc., Kansas City, MO

Lewis Electronics, Cleveland, OH

Limited Brands, Columbus, OH

Lowes Companies, Inc., Mooresville, NC

The Macerich Company, Santa Monica, CA

Macy’s, Inc, Cincinnati, OH

Malcolm Riley and Associates, Los Angeles, CA

Marketing Developments, Inc. MI

Marmot Mountain LLC, Rohnert Park, CA

Marshall Music Co., Lansing, MI

Meijer, Walker, MI

Mentor TV, Mentor, OH

Michaels Electrical Supply Corp., Lynbrook, NY

Monte Cristo Bookshop, New London, CT

My Little Red Wagon, Hudson, OH

Nordstrom, Inc., Seattle, WA

The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc

Pealers Flowers, Camp Hill, PA

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust, Philadelphia, PA

Petco, Inc., San Diego, CA

Planning Developments, Inc. MI

Point of View Farm, Inc., Bengall, NY

The Pratt Company, Mill Valley, CA

Prince Books, Norfolk, VA

Rakuten.com Shopping (formerly Buy.com)

The Rappaport Companies, McLean, VA

Regency Centers, Jacksonville, FL

REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), Kent, WA

Reininga Corporation, Healdsburg, CA

Robert M. Sides Family Music Center, Williamsport, PA

RMResources, LLC, Ann Arbor, MI

Rosen’s of Maine, Bucksport, ME

Safeway, Inc., Pleasanton, CA

Sears Holdings Corporation, Hoffman Estates, IL

The Seayco Group, Bentonville, AK

The Sembler Company, St. Petersburg, FL

Simms Fishing Products, Bozeman, MT

Simon Property Group, Indianapolis, IN

Stafford Properties, Inc., Atlanta, GA

Staples, Inc., Framingham, MA

Steiner + Associates LLC, Columbus, OH

Stirling Properties, Covington, LA

Tanger Factory Outlet Centers, Inc., Greensboro, NC

Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

Taubman Centers, Bloomfield Hills, MI

The Timberland Company, Boston, MA

Tractor Supply Company, Brentwood, TN

Trucks Unique, Albuquerque, NM

VPI Commercial Realty, LLC, Knoxville, TN

Wal-Mart Stores, Bentonville, AR

Wallace Properties, Inc., Bellevue, WA

WDP Partners, LLC, Phoenix, AZ

Watermark Books and Cafe, Wichita, KS

Weingarten Realty Investors, Houston TX

The Weitzman Group, Dallas, TX

West Marine, Inc., Watsonville, CA

Western Development Corporation, Washington, DC

Westfield, LLC, Los Angeles, CA

Wiley Office Furniture, Springfield, IL

Williams Ski and Patio, Highland Park, IL

Wine Cellar Innovations, Cincinnati, OH

Wolfe Properties, LLC, St. Louis, MO

Woolrich, Inc., Woolrich, PA

Zumiez, Inc., Lynwood, WA


 

 

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