NSGA Applauds Lawmakers for Reintroducing Bipartisan E-Fairness Legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Larry Weindruch, NSGA Director of Public Affairs
(847) 296-NSGA (6742), ext. 1290
Lweindruch@nsga.org

MOUNT PROSPECT, IL (April 28, 2017) – The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) announced legislation aimed at removing unfair conditions from the retail marketplace has been reintroduced. The Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 976) and the Remote Transactions Parity Act (H.R. 2193) were introduced late Thursday, April 27, less than 24 hours after NSGA completed its annual Capitol Hill Lobbying Day activities in Washington, DC.

The bipartisan RTPA bill was reintroduced in the House by Representatives Kristi Noem (R SD-AL), Steve Womack (R AR-3), Jason Chaffetz (R UT-3), Steve Stivers (R OH-15), Lou Barletta (R PA-11), John Conyers (D MI-13), Jackie Speier (D CA-14), Peter Welch (D VT-AL), Suzan DelBene (D WA-1), and David Cicilline (D RI-1). The bipartisan MFA bill was reintroduced by Senators Lamar Alexander (R TN), Mike Enzi (R WY), Dick Durbin (D IL), and Heidi Heitkamp (D ND).

“NSGA has vigorously supported these bi-partisan bills and urges Congress to make 2017 the year when the unfair sales tax loophole is finally legislated out of existence,” NSGA President & CEO Matt Carlson said. “For far too long, online-only retailers have enjoyed an unfair advantage by avoiding sales tax. I’m sure our brick and mortar sellers would like to enjoy the same advantage, but they’re required to collect taxes.”

In 2013, the Marketplace Fairness Act passed in the Senate, 69-27, with strong bipartisan support, but the House refused to address the bill. In 2015, states lost an estimated $26 billion in uncollected state sales taxes due to this online sales tax loophole, nearly $3 billion more than when the Senate voted to level the playing field. Chances are your local taxes have gone up to replace this lost revenue.

“Our members do not fear competition, but unfair competition with this government sponsored favoritism is not good for our members, people who create jobs and support their communities in many ways,” Carlson added. “Now is the time for the House of Representatives to join the Senate in addressing this critical issue.

“We urge all fair-minded Americans to contact their Senators and Representatives and tell them how important it is to support these necessary bills,” Carlson said. “If internet sellers shouldn’t have to collect sales taxes, neither should brick and mortar.”

To contact your Representatives, click here and enter your zip code in the upper right-hand corner. To contact your U.S. Senator click here. For more information, please contact Larry Weindruch, NSGA Director of Public Affairs, lweindruch@nsga.org.

About NSGA

Since 1929, the National Sporting Goods Association has been the leading voice and go-to resource for the sporting goods industry. NSGA helps the sporting goods industry grow its businesses through research, advocacy and networking. For more information about membership or NSGA’s products and services, please visit nsga.org.