Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has unexpectedly set in motion the procedures for the Senate to take up the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743), which would grant states authority to demand sales tax collection from remote sellers, next week – most likely by Wednesday, April 24.

The Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743) would impose sales tax collection for every state on your company without compensation.  DMA remains opposed to the bill in its current form given its lack of necessary simplifications to make collecting for more than 9,600 taxing jurisdictions in 46 states and the District of Columbia even achievable.  The Senate wants to pass this bill without full deliberation — without a chance for you to say how this will affect your business, customers and employees.

Take DMAAction! Ask your Senators to oppose this attempt to take your voice away.  The Senate should carefully examine the entire panoply of consequences S. 743 will impose on the American economy.

One of Congress’s fundamental responsibilities is the protection of interstate commerce.  Allowing state interference of interstate commerce should not be done lightly or without full deliberation of the consequences. Therefore, states should be required to enact meaningful simplifications and safeguards as a trade for Congressional permission on requiring remote sellers to become tax collectors for every state.  Congress should do it right…not just fast!

(Need to learn more about DMA’s position and decades-long work on this important issue? Visit the DMAAction Legislative Center!)

DMA sent a letter to the U.S. Senate last night urging Senators to work in regular order on this important issue.  Additionally, DMA continues to work with the True Simplification of Taxation Coalition (TruST) to educate Senators on the need for mandatory simplifications that the states must complete in order to require remote sellers to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence.

Again, DMA asks its members to contact your Senators immediately asking them to oppose the bill in its current form on the floor next week and to give full consideration through the normal process.

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