E-fairness Gains Momentum; More Local Voices Needed
In a meeting with Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), lead sponsor of the Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA, HR 2775), last week, Mayor Becker thanked the Congressman for his leadership in putting forth a solution to this issue and pledged the support of cities and towns to seeing it get resolved this session. If enacted, the RTPA will give states and local governments the flexibility to require remote online retailers to collect the sales taxes that are already owed on remote purchases. Closing this online sales tax loophole would not only level the playing field between online sellers and Main Street brick and mortar ones who are required to collect the tax, it would also mean resources for local governments to fund much needed local services like infrastructure and public safety. It is estimated that this loophole costs states and local governments $23 billion annually, which is why its passage is a top priority for NLC.
Hundreds of city leaders have sent letters to their representatives, as have state municipal leagues. So far, as a result of your efforts, more than 150 House members have been contacted about supporting RTPA. The number of co-sponsors on the bill has more than quadrupled from the original eight to 38. This is good; however, more are needed to move the legislation this year.
If you haven't already, please contact your House members and thank them for their support if they are already a co-sponsor, or urge them to cosponsor the bill if they have not. If you would like to send your representative an official letter from your city, you can download sample letter language to use. You can also view a current list of organizations who have endorsed the bill online. Do your part to get e-fairness legislation passed this year.