Washington, D.C.—As a result of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, states and retailers are working together to establish a fair and simplified collection system that ensures parity for all sellers. For 26 years states petitioned Congress to address the remote sales tax issue and it did nothing.
Now U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) rushes legislation to tie states’ hands in implementing the Wayfair decision. The Sensenbrenner legislation is an unwarranted intrusion on state authority, which, if enacted, would continue the competitive advantage online sellers enjoy over Main Street sellers. The National Conference of State Legislatures will oppose any congressional effort that seeks to delay, limit or pre-empt state efforts to implement the Wayfair decision.
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.