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The Fate of Marketplace Fairness in the House


 Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013: no news is no news.

The fate of the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 in the United States House is weighing on many minds these days. However, no one yet knows what that fate will be.

On June 6, WSLS10 released a story that opened with this statement:

"Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte says it's unlikely the House of Representatives will pass the Marketplace Fairness Act."

Later that day, Congressman Goodlatte (R) released a statement on Internet sales tax in which he disputed the above-mentioned news story:

"A news story published earlier today regarding my position on the Internet sales tax is inaccurate and should be corrected."

The congressman from Virginia noted that while he has "serious concerns regarding the Marketplace Fairness Act passed by the Senate," he is "open to considering legislation concerning this topic…."

He clarified his position:

"…Congress must be involved in the process and the House Judiciary Committee is looking at alternatives that could enable states to collect sales tax revenues without opening the door to aggressive state action against out-of-state companies. Furthermore, any alternative in the House would address fairness to all businesses and consumers."

Rep. Goodlatte is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

In response to the chairman's statement, WSLS10 updated its original news post. In the update, Rep. Goodlatte's clarified position is front and center.

As of this writing, the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 is not on the House Judiciary Committee calendar.

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Gail Cole
Avalara Author
Gail Cole
Gail Cole
Avalara Author Gail Cole
Gail began researching and writing about sales tax in 2012 and has been fascinated with it ever since. She has a penchant for uncovering unusual tax facts, and endeavors to make complex sales tax laws more digestible for both experts and laypeople.