AIB Statement on House Judiciary Committee’s Internet Sales Tax Hearing

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March 11, 2014

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Advocates for Independent Business, a coalition of 11 national organization representing over 100,000 small businesses, issued the following statement regarding tomorrow’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on “Alternative Solutions to the Internet Sales Tax Issue”:

“This is a critically urgent issue for the nation’s small businesses. Current tax policy distorts free market competition by requiring local brick-and-mortar retailers to collect sales taxes while exempting many of their online competitors.  In our recent poll of over 1,200 small independent retailers, more than 75 percent said that this disparity was negatively impacting their sales.”

“We appreciate the leadership of Representative Goodlatte and the committee’s thoughtful examination of this issue.  It’s been more than 21 years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its Quill ruling inviting Congress to address the question of sales tax and remote sellers.  We hope this hearing will lead to swift legislative action in the House.  Our small business members believe now is the time for Congress to finally resolve this issue and give small businesses an opportunity to compete on a fair and level playing field.”  

The Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) is a coalition of 11 national organizations that collectively represent over 100,000 small businesses employing 600,000 people and providing $10 billion in annual payroll.  

AIB’s member organizations are the American Booksellers Association, American Independent Business Alliance, American Specialty Toy Retailing Association, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Independent Running Retailers Association, Independent We Stand, National Bicycle Dealers Association, Professional Association of Innkeepers International, Record Store Day, Soccer Dealer Association, and Society of American Florists.