NCSL Comment on Introduction of Marketplace Fairness Act


NCSL NewsNCSL Commends Senators for Reintroduction of MFA

Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Senate moved a step closer to creating a level playing field for local retailers today as Senators Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) introduced the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA).

William Pound, National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) executive director, released the following statement about the introduction.

“We applaud Senators Alexander, Durbin, Enzi and Heitkamp for reintroducing the Marketplace Fairness Act in the 114th Congress. This bipartisan legislation overwhelmingly passed the Senate in the previous Congress and we look forward to again working with the Senate and the House to enact remote sales tax collection legislation that will not impose new or higher taxes on consumers. As we have said before, this plan will level the playing field for all retailers and will simply allow states to collect taxes they are already owed.”

The National Conference of State Legislatures has long supported marketplace fairness and it is estimated that states are losing more than $23 billion per year in uncollected sales taxes. This is a result of not being able to collect sales taxes on remote purchases, including transactions over the Internet.

NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.