February 26, 2014
To All TruST Supporters:
The Executive Committee of True Simplification of Taxation (TruST) wants to alert you of the upcoming March 4, 2014, House Judiciary Committee hearing focused on remote sales tax – and actions you should take prior to that hearing. Though not a hearing that will result in the adoption or a vote on a specific plan, this event will be focused on alternative proposals to the MFA.
As you may be aware, the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) last May with little deliberation as to its impact on web and catalog retailers. The House has taken a far more deliberate approach to the issue. Last fall, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte released a list of remote sales tax collection principles that are far more fair than MFA. We’ve stood by these principles and it’s important that the full Judiciary Committee rallies behind them.
To encourage all committee members to stand behind this, please view a brief video statement from Phil Bond, executive director of We R Here, a coalition standing behind small web retailers that is aligned with TruST’s goals. Click here or paste the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bF3-wWptE8&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=WE+R+HERE+Members&utm_campaign=67b5311171-House_of_Reps_Upcoming_Events2_21_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0776d0f4c3-67b5311171-60763185
In brief, here are the key takeaways from Mr. Bond’s statement. All of these are intended for internet and catalog retailers to get the ear of Judiciary Committee members. If you don’t have any facilities in any of the Members’ districts (listed below), we would still encourage you to approach any or all of them:
- They must stand tight with Goodlatte’s principles.
- Keep it simple – don’t put a burden on online or catalog retailers that aren’t in the brick/mortar world.
- Don’t regulate without representation.
- An auditor in some other state shouldn’t be able to come regulate you – that’s a core principle we need to stand up for.
- States need to compete for your business to merit your business being there. States need to compete on tax policy and other things. Your business is creating jobs and revenue, so remind them of that.
- Let them know remote retailers are in every state and district.
- Take action and let them know we need good policy decisions in any changes made.
We also encourage you to review (and share) TruST’s side by side comparison on needed simplifications vs MFA by clicking here or pasting this link: http://truesimplification.org/wp-content/uploads/MFA-vs-TruST-Simpification-Requirements-v2.pdf . Also worth reviewing and sharing is TruST’s cost of collection study (or paste link: http://truesimplification.org/wp-content/uploads/Final_TruST-COI-Paper-.pdf.)
Here is a list of the House Judiciary Committee and each Member’s state and jurisdiction. You can click on each one to go directly to their web pages:
- Bob Goodlatte – Chairman – Virginia, 6th
- Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. – Wisconsin, 5th
- Howard Coble – North Carolina, 6th
- Lamar Smith – Texas, 21st
- Steve Chabot – Ohio, 1st
- Spencer Bachus – Alabama, 6th
- Darrell Issa – California, 49th
- Randy Forbes – Virginia, 4th
- Steve King – Iowa, 4th
- Trent Franks – Arizona, 8th
- Louie Gohmert – Texas, 1st
- Jim Jordan – Ohio, 4th
- Ted Poe – Texas, 2nd
- Jason Chaffetz – Utah, 3rd
- Tom Marino – Pennsylvania, 10th
- Trey Gowdy – South Carolina, 4th
- Raul Labrador – Idaho, 1st
- Blake Farenthold – Texas, 27th
- George Holding – North Carolina, 13th
- Doug Collins – Georgia, 9th
- Ron DeSantis – Florida, 6th
- Jason Smith – Missouri, 8th
- John Conyers, Jr. – Ranking Member – Michigan, 13th
- Jerry Nadler – New York, 10th
- Bobby Scott – Virginia, 3rd
- Zoe Lofgren – California, 19th
- Sheila Jackson Lee – Texas, 18th
- Steve Cohen – Tennessee, 9th
- Hank Johnson – Georgia, 4th
- Pedro Pierluisi – Puerto Rico, (At-large)
- Judy Chu – California, 27th
- Ted Deutch – Florida, 21st
- Luis Gutierrez – Illinois, 4th
- Karen Bass – California, 37th
- Cedric Richmond – Louisiana, 2nd
- Suzan DelBene – Washington, 1st
- Joe Garcia – Florida, 26th
- Hakeem Jeffries – New York, 8th
- David Cicilline – Rhode Island, 1st
The TruST Executive Committee…
American Catalog Mailers Association (Hamilton Davison, Paul Miller)
Direct Marketing Association (Peggy Hudson, Chris Oswald)
Electronic Retailing Association (Bill McClellan)
NetChoice (Steve DelBianco, Carl Szabo)