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ACMA Opposes Effort to Derail Debate on New Remote Sales Tax


Washington — American Catalog Mailers Association has learned that in their preparation of the FY 2014 Federal Budget, Senators will consider an amendment that would endorse the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would create a new remote catalog/Internet sales tax. ACMA vigorously opposes this effort, as it will effectively eliminate any discussion and debate on this complex matter, and put a lot of remote catalog sellers in dire straits.

"Before they could possibly collect sales taxes from customers outside their taxing jurisdictions — nearly 10,000 different authorities in all — remote catalog sellers need true simplifications," said ACMA President & Executive Director Hamilton Davison. "By forcing upon them the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that wasn't fair for catalogers as well as many Main Street retailers when first introduced in the 112th Congress and isn't any fairer in the 113th, legislators would instantly cripple a vibrant and growing segment of the retail landscape that contributes nearly 1.5% to GDP.

"There's a good reason that the current law, upheld in Quill v. North Dakota, has been the law of the land for decades," Davison continued. "Remote catalog and internet retailers deserve to have this crucial issue properly discussed and modified before changes are made that would put some of them out of business."


Published: 03/20/13