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National Sales Tax Campaign By The National Retail Foundation


Washington D.C. is going to be hopping the next two months as the National Retail Foundation (NRF) begins a “…60-day effort to convince Congress to take action on sales tax fairness.”

The legislation of concern is legislation proposed that will provide states the legal ground they need to require Internet retailers to collect and remit sales tax on purchases made by their residents. This year, three pieces of legislation have been introduced that would empower states to require online retailer collection duties:

Main Street Fairness – introduced July 29, 2011 (S 1452 / HR 2701)

Marketplace Equity – introduced October 13, 2011 (HR 3179)

Marketplace Fairness – introduced November 9, 2011 (S 1832)

The NRF is a non-profit foundation that “…conducts industry research, develops education and workforce development programs, and promotes retailing as a career destination.”

The NRF isn’t going to keep the message in Washington, though. According to their press release, “[t]his is a nationwide effort that will involve advertising in targeted states and congressional districts, grassroots mobilization of retailers from across the country, events in cities like Chicago [Illinois] and Columbus [Ohio], and an aggressive effort to get our voice heard in the media. And an online petition will allow merchants and consumers to tell Congress it’s time to act.”

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Susan McLain
Avalara Author Susan McLain
Susan McLain began her career as a technical writer in technology industries such as satellite networking and medical devices. Her skills encompass technical and marketing writing, usability engineering, verification and validation testing and protocol writing, requirements development, business analysis, technical illustration/graphic design and marketing. She has owned her own business providing service to small to medium sized business and in other positions, she has been in project management, documentation and marketing. She is currently the content specialist for Avalara helping to “make sales tax less taxing.”