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National Retail Federation Welcomes Sales Tax Fairness Principles

For Immediate Release
Stephen E. Schatz (202) 626-8119

National Retail Federation Welcomes Sales Tax Fairness Principles
- Small Business Owners Voice Support for Efairness in New Video -

WASHINGTON, September 18, 2013 – The National Retail Federation (NRF) today issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French on the release of a new set of House Judiciary Committee principles, which lay out a legislative roadmap for addressing the collection of online sales tax:

“The National Retail Federation welcomes the release of these principles and appreciates the House Judiciary Committee’s continuing dedication to, and leadership on this retail industry priority.

“These principles will serve as a legislative roadmap for advancing sales tax fairness legislation in the House of Representatives, and demonstrate that Congress is listening to the pleas of local, community retailers and merchants, who continue to face an unfair competitive disadvantage with their online competitors.

“NRF looks forward to analyzing and discussing these principles with our members, and remains confident that Congress will address the unlevel playing field this legislative session. We look forward to providing critical feedback to the Committee and welcome any opportunity to participate in forthcoming legislative hearings.”

NRF Releases New Efairness Video

In conjunction with the release of the new principles, NRF released a new video on sales tax fairness. The two-minute video features small business owners and retail leaders – from Arizona, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Vermont – who discuss the urgent need for Congress to address the online sales tax disparity.

Here are a few quotes from the video:

“We are losing businesses,” Bacci Chocolate Design and The Chocolate Truffle Owner Erin Calvo-Bacci said on the video. Bacci operates an online store as well as three retail locations. “We are losing the face of retail on Main Street.”
“We’re at a six percent [tax] disadvantage to internet sellers who don’t have a brick and mortar presence in our state,” Pieratt's Appliances, Television, Bedding and Furniture Owner and CEO Bruce Pieratt said. Pieratt’s opened its door in 1946.

“I don’t think it’s going to be expensive [to implement],” Onion River Sports Owner Andrew Brewer said. Brewer’s shop operates online and off. “And I do not think it will be difficult. My little business, I bet you I could, I can go inside my system and change codes and toggle switches to start collecting the different sales taxes and it won’t take me half a day.”

As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s This is Retail campaign highlights the industry’s opportunities for life-long careers, how retailers strengthen communities at home and abroad, and the critical role that retail plays in driving innovation. www.nrf.com