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Senate Moves Forward on Marketplace Fairness Act; Keep After Your Senators to Stop It

Urgent Industry Alert:
Senate Votes To Move Forward
With Marketplace Fairness Act

ACMA, TruST Coalition Call On Industry to Contact Senators ASAP
Dear Catalog Industry Executive:

Despite the aggressive efforts of many ACMA members, the Senate today voted 74-20 in favor of proceeding its debate on the Marketplace Fairness Act (S.743), which would impose sales tax collection for every state on your company without compensation. The bill has moved to the Senate floor with no deliberation at the Committee level.

We are down but not out. There is still time to tell your Senators to oppose S.743 in its current form. Call or write your Senators and ask that they thoroughly examine the consequences that S.743 will impose on the American economy without the type of meaningful and mandatory simplifications that ACMA and True Simplification of Taxation (TruST) continue to advocate for.

We continue to argue that states should be required to enact meaningful simplifications and safeguards as a trade for Congressional permission on requiring remote sellers to become tax collectors for every state. Together with our partners at TruST, we continue to educate Senators on the need for mandatory simplifications that the states must complete in order to require remote sellers to collect sales taxes in states where they have no physical presence. The Marketplace Fairness Act being taken up on the Senate floor this week does not include any of these critical simplifications.

Although cloture was passed today on the Senate floor, we expect this to come to a full vote shortly. It's not too late to contact your Senators immediately asking them to oppose the bill in its current form on the Senate floor and to give full consideration through the normal process instead.
Should we fail in the Senate, we must make an all-out push in the House to stop this legislation. We will be in contact with you shortly in this regard. In the meantime, we must make an all-out push to influence the Senate. As we provided in our previous emails, here are all the important tools you'll need:
Guide to all U.S. Senators
Marketplace Fairness Act: Myths vs. Truths
TruST's Minimum Simplification Requirements
True Simplification of Taxation website
Click here to review the details ACMA distributed in our alert from Friday
Model Letter to Senators to Oppose Marketplace Fairness Act (but calls are greatly preferred)
Please continue to use ACMA as your communications hub by clicking on the following address to let us know which actions you take:

Hamilton Davison
President & Executive Director
American Catalog Mailers Association

About ACMA
ACMA is a Washington-based not-for-profit organization specifically created to advocate for the unique collective interests of catalog mailers in regulatory, public and administrative matters where the shared impact transcends individual company interests. The only catalog owned and controlled trade group focused solely on the business interests of catalogers and their supply chain, ACMA participates in rulemaking and other proceedings of significance where a single collective voice increases influence and effectiveness. Membership is open to any party with direct interests in the catalog industry. More information can be found at

Published: 04/22/13