Retailers Applaud 'E-Fairness' Bill

ARLINGTON, Va. — Food Marketing Institute and other retail associations said they support a legislative effort to tax e-commerce sales.

“Inequities in Internet commerce are already taking a big bite out of neighborhood supermarkets, state coffers and employment in local communities because online retailers aren’t required to collect sales tax,” said FMI Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs Jennifer Hatcher in a statement.

The authors of the Marketplace Fairness Act are Senators Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-S.D.; and Representatives Steve Womack, R-Ark.; Jackie Speier, D-Calif.; Peter Welch, D-Vt.; and John Conyers, D-Mich. They introduced the legislation, which allows states to require online retailers to remit a sales tax on goods, on Thursday.

“The landscape is changing – we want and need to a level playing field to compete,” Hatcher said, noting that 92% of FMI members said ecommerce would have a fundamental impact on their business and that 42% of food retailers offer online shopping.

Other associations issuing statements in support of the bill included the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association.

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