U.S. House Urged to Immediately Enact Marketplace Fairness Act

The Marketplace Fairness Coalition is trying to make 2014 the year when the U.S. Congress enacts legislation allowing states to require sales tax collection from remote sellers in the absence of a physical presence, reversing the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota. On January 7, 2014, the Coalition’s hundreds of members, including national and state trade organizations and a diverse mix of businesses, sent the House Judiciary Committee Chairman a joint letter calling for the immediate passage of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which was passed the Senate last May. The list of businesses supporting this effort is wide-ranging, as it includes the largest and most well-known remote seller, Amazon.com, as well as stalwart brick-and-mortar retailers Best Buy, J.C. Penney, Sears and Wal-mart. The Marketplace Fairness Act continues to garner widespread support and is a key development to follow in 2014.