Level the Playing Field for Local Retailers

Brick-and-Mortar vs. Online Retailers

Are you concerned about fairness for brick-and-mortar vs. online retailers? Local stores collect sales taxes on every purchase but many online retailers do not, leaving their customer at risk and pulling money out of our local economy. Congress is currently considering the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would use a portion of the added tax to receipts to provide online retailers with free software that would nearly automate sales tax collection.

How You Can Help Level the Playing Field for Local Retailers

Congress is currently considering legislation that would level the playing field for local retailers by closing the online sales tax loophole. The bill is known as the Marketplace Fairness Act. We anticipate that the House of Representatives will hold a hearing on the legislation in the coming weeks. This is where you can help. The Longview Chamber of Commerce and 21st Century Retail ask that you take a moment to tell Congress 1) why we need to level the playing field so that businesses can compete fairly; or 2) how easy it is to integrate and use web-based sales tax collection software, if your business uses it. We ask that you write or record a testimonial on either of these issues so we can carry the message directly to policymakers about the critical need to give all retailers a fair chance to compete. 

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