On Cyber Monday, Cities Urge Passage of Marketplace Fairness

Washington, D.C.  – The following statement can be attributed to Clarence E. Anthony, CEO and executive director of the National League of Cities (NLC):

“Today is Cyber Monday – now one of the biggest shopping days of the holiday season. Every year, more and more people across the country go online to find the best deals.  But these online retailers have an unfair advantage over our main street retailers since they do not have to collect sales taxes.

“Main street businesses support local communities and create jobs. As online businesses continue to grow at their expense, we must level the playing field and ensure that online retailers collect the taxes that are owed by their customers.

“The Marketplace Fairness Act corrects this by supporting economic development and ensures these businesses collect the taxes owed.  America’s communities and hometown retailers will benefit from this bill.  We encourage Congress to pass remote sales tax legislation this year."

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