Executive Briefings

Retailers Applaud Online Sales Tax Collection in California, Urge Congress to Act Nationwide

Advocates for a level playing field between traditional brick-and-mortar retailers and their online-only competitors are celebrating the implementation of "sales tax fairness" in California. Last week, online-only retailers, such as Amazon.com, began collecting state sales tax in California.

"Modern retailers operate in a competitive environment that requires them to compete on price 24 hours a day both in the store and online. Closing the loophole that has given Amazon and other e-tailers an unfair competitive advantage over brick-and-mortar stores is essential to a free market economy that is void of government picking winners and losers," said RILA President Sandy Kennedy.

"Enactment of e-fairness in California is a big step in the right direction, but we still need Congress to finish the job. Only a comprehensive federal solution will end special treatment for online-only sellers. Congress should follow the bipartisan example set by our nation's governors and close the sales tax loophole by passing the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate and the Marketplace Equity Act in the House - both enjoy rare broad bipartisan support.

"A level playing field where every retailer competes on price in a free market is the right prescription for innovation and job growth in the retail sector. Congress can give these job providers a big boost by enacting e-fairness legislation by the end of the year."

California joins Texas and Pennsylvania this year in requiring Amazon to begin collecting sales taxes; New Jersey and Virginia will require the same next year. Broadly supported bipartisan legislation under consideration in Congress would provide a comprehensive solution and provide states the tools they need to enforce their own sales tax laws, RILA says.

Source: RILA


Keywords: retail supply chain, value chain, supply chain, taxes on e-commerce sales, taxes on internet commerce

"Modern retailers operate in a competitive environment that requires them to compete on price 24 hours a day both in the store and online. Closing the loophole that has given Amazon and other e-tailers an unfair competitive advantage over brick-and-mortar stores is essential to a free market economy that is void of government picking winners and losers," said RILA President Sandy Kennedy.

"Enactment of e-fairness in California is a big step in the right direction, but we still need Congress to finish the job. Only a comprehensive federal solution will end special treatment for online-only sellers. Congress should follow the bipartisan example set by our nation's governors and close the sales tax loophole by passing the Marketplace Fairness Act in the Senate and the Marketplace Equity Act in the House - both enjoy rare broad bipartisan support.

"A level playing field where every retailer competes on price in a free market is the right prescription for innovation and job growth in the retail sector. Congress can give these job providers a big boost by enacting e-fairness legislation by the end of the year."

California joins Texas and Pennsylvania this year in requiring Amazon to begin collecting sales taxes; New Jersey and Virginia will require the same next year. Broadly supported bipartisan legislation under consideration in Congress would provide a comprehensive solution and provide states the tools they need to enforce their own sales tax laws, RILA says.

Source: RILA


Keywords: retail supply chain, value chain, supply chain, taxes on e-commerce sales, taxes on internet commerce