Electronic Retailers Oppose Unfair Tax Proposal

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Electronic Retailing Association releases statement.

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Julie Coons, president and CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA), made the following statement regarding the introduction of the mislabeled “e-fairness proposal” offered by Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Congressman Steve Womack (R-AK):

“New and misguided remote tax schemes will represent a dramatic blow to electronic retailers struggling to survive in these harsh economic times. New regulatory burdens and draconian cost increases would significantly damage both the marketplace and the consumers who rely on it.

"ERA and its collective membership strongly urge Congress to protect electronic retailers, both large and small from these efforts and continue their support of our entrepreneurial work to create jobs and help stabilize the economy. Currently, electronic retailers are only required to collect sales tax from out-of-state customers only if they have a physical presence such as a store."

Under the 1992 U.S. Supreme Court Quill v. North Dakota decision, the court found that the 45-state and 7,600 local sales tax systems across the country were too complicated for an electronic retailer to realistically know how much tax to collect and remit.

Representing a $300 billion market, the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA) is the trade association in the U.S. and internationally that represents leaders of the direct-to-consumer marketplace, which includes members that maximize revenues through electronic retailing on television, online and on radio. ERA strives to protect the regulatory and legislative climate of direct response while ensuring a favorable landscape that enhances e-retailers' ability to bring quality products and services to the consumer.

ERA members include some of the industry's most prominent retail merchants, including Allstar Products Group, Discovery Communications, Gaiam, Guthy-Renker Corporation, HSN, Oak Lawn Marketing, Telebrands, ShopNBC and Thane. For more information about ERA, please visit http://www.retailing.org.

Bill McClellan
(703) 908-1032


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