The legislation would level the playing field between online and brick-and-mortar retailers
Congressman William Delahunt (D-MA) introduced the Act (H.R. 5660) – which would allow states to require out-of-state sellers (including online and catalog retailers) to collect sales tax – on July 1. Rep. Delahunt had previously introduced sales tax fairness legislation in the 110th Congress.
Internet and remote sellers have had a tax advantage over brick-and-mortar businesses since 1992, when the Supreme Court made a ruling that barred states from requiring that remote sellers collect sales taxes. The decision was based on the complexity of collecting taxes for so many different jurisdictions. However, the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement (SSUTA) – adopted by 24 states – has simplified the process, bringing about changes that enable remote sellers to use streamlined electronic systems to collect various taxes.
Earlier this year, JA kicked-off a legislative action campaign which directed members and non-members to contact their representatives and ask them to reintroduce and pass sales tax fairness legislation. Nearly 300 businesses have taken action since JA launched its campaign at the end of January.
The campaign, which is part of Jewelers of America’s longtime efforts to enact sales tax fairness legislation – is ongoing. Members and non-members can send their own personalized messages to Congress by visiting the sales tax fairness action alert page at the