March 12, 2014 - Rep. Suzan
Delbene (D-Bainbridge Island) testified today in favor of national sales tax
reform during an important House Judiciary Committee hearing.
The committee debated the
future of the Main Street Fairness Act, which the Senate passed last year to
require online sellers to charge the same taxes that traditional
brick-and-mortar stores do. The price advantage online sellers have in waiving
sales taxes threatens the livelihoods of brick-and-mortar stores, particularly
small businesses that make up the vast majority of retail locations across the
Click here to watch the video of Delbene’s
presentation and testimony.
Delbene told the committee
that the tax disparity has resulted in the shopping trend known as
“showrooming,” by which shoppers educate themselves with the help of sales
staffs in stores, then buy the items elsewhere online where no sales tax is charged.
The roots of the tax
disparity are in a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that required online sellers
to collect sales taxes only in states where they maintain a physical presence
such as a headquarters, office or warehouse. WRA maintains that national sales reform would
strengthen the economy, improve business prospects for traditional retailers
and recover revenues lost to local and state government because of the
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