NCSL Letter Urging Continued Support for Marketplace Fairness Act

Photo of NCSL Executive Director Bill PoundDear Members,

The U.S. Senate last week passed the most significant bill affecting states in a decade, and we are grateful to so many of you for contacting your senators in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act. The legislation would allow states to collect the sales taxes they are legally due from online and other remote purchases. It is estimated that in 2012 this amounted to $23 billion. This bill could help provide critical funding for schools, hospitals, roads and bridges, and law enforcement as well as allow lawmakers to reduce other state taxes. At the same time, it is pro-business. It ensures that small businesses on Main Street no longer operate at a disadvantage to those online sellers who do not collect your state's sales taxes.

NCSL has worked with Congress for 10 years on this bill. Senate passage was a major bipartisan victory, but the struggle is not over. Today and every day, our Washington, D.C., staff will be presenting the states' case to members of the House. As the bill moves through the process, we will be counting on your continued support for this legislation, urging businesses across the country to continue to voice their support, and continuing to reinforce our position with editorial boards of influential newspapers. We urge you to tell your representatives in the U.S. House how important it is to pass this legislation this year. Please use the NCSL resources listed below, and join us in this effort to achieve success for states on this bill.


William T. Pound
Executive Director
National Conference of State Legislatures