Electronic Retailers Oppose Unfair Tax Proposal

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The 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 Internet Sales Tax scheme proposed by Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Senator Michael Enzi (R-Wyo):

“New and misguided remote tax schemes will devastate electronic retailers working to survive in these harsh economic times. Massive cost increases and new regulatory burdens will significantly damage consumers and the marketplace on which they rely.

ERA urges Congress to protect electronic retailers, both large and small, from this new tax burden and continue supporting entrepreneurial efforts that 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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