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Arlington, VA - Following the success of legislation and executive action in more than 35 states across the country, retailers continue to applaud governors and state legislators for acting swiftly to close the online sales tax loophole.

State action on this long-standing priority for the retail community followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc, which determined that states can collect and remit sales tax from out of state sellers who sell certain amounts, either by transactions or revenue, into a state. In the immediate aftermath of the Court’s ruling, states began the process of reviewing and updating their existing statutes to begin the process of requiring remote sellers to begin sales tax collection.

“Both red and blue state lawmakers have acknowledged that this is about restoring free-market principles and that no government should be in the business of picking winners and losers with the tax code,” said Jason Brewer, Executive Vice President for Communications and State Affairs. “In addition to restoring basic fairness, these laws help ensure that state and local governments have the ability to fund important priorities without raising taxes.”

“In the wake of the WayFair ruling, states have proceeded with extreme thoughtfulness to ensure state laws follow the spirit of the Court’s ruling. These laws are an important boost for local retailers that create jobs and invest in the community."

R. Scott Shalley, president & CEO of the Florida Retail Federation, added, “We are glad to see these state legislatures taking action to support those retailers that invest in their respective states. Given Florida’s longstanding history of being business friendly, we remain optimistic that the Florida Legislature will soon follow suit and level the playing field for Florida’s 270,000 retailers.”

ICYMI: R. Scott Shalley: Let us Compete

About the Retail Industry Leaders Association

RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to reimagine and transform the retail ecosystem - and equip leading retailers to succeed in it.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

About the Florida Retail Federation,
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing 270,000 retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Twitter.

RILA is the US trade association for leading retailers. We convene decision-makers, advocate for the industry, and promote operational excellence and innovation. Our aim is to reimagine and transform the retail ecosystem - and equip leading retailers to succeed in it.

RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

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Published in Media Relations
Monday, 01 April 2019 15:19

R. Scott Shalley: Let us compete

Over the past several years, Florida’s retailers have faced remarkable challenges as they navigate through a fast-changing world.

Through it all, the retail industry has shown great resiliency and has asked for little more than a level playing field.

Unfortunately, as e-commerce boomed, a glaring disparity positioned our members and other Florida retailers at a significant disadvantage to online and out-of-state competitors.

Our state now has the opportunity to eliminate a legal loophole that will ensure fair competition and support Florida-based businesses, jobs and communities.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair reversed a decades-old decision permitting out-of-state retailers to evade the collection of sales taxes when shipping goods into states where the retailer had no presence.

Upon this reversal, most states immediately amended their sales tax rules which subsequently forced out-of-state retailers to collect sales taxes. Florida is now the largest state that has failed to make this modification.

As a result, our members are burdened with a 6-8 percent tax that out-of-state retailers do not collect and have thus far been hindered by a loss in sales which affects all areas of their company, from expansion to employee compensation.

Even more disturbing, these out-of-state retailers offer nothing by way of support toward our state infrastructure.

The U.S. Supreme Court passed the responsibility directly on states to enact laws correcting this disparity and our leaders in the state Capitol should waste no time in ending this unfair and unwise practice.

More than 40 states have already adopted legislation or regulations requiring remote sellers to collect and pay sales taxes, including all our southern neighbors. We must do the same.

Florida law already addresses remote sales … this is not a new tax. These taxes have always been due, but the duty falls on the consumer, who is largely unaware of the obligation and rarely reports it.

This is about modernizing our tax code, streamlining our system, and bolstering our position as one of the most business-friendly states in the country.

The importance of closing this loophole cannot be underemphasized. The retail environment has evolved and so must the laws that govern it.

Florida should be a place where free markets reign and businesses thrive. Implementing e-fairness would be a giant step toward creating that reality.

R. Scott Shalley is the President & CEO of the Florida Retail Federation.

Published in Editorials
Monday, 01 April 2019 15:14

R. Scott Shalley: Let us compete

Over the past several years, Florida’s retailers have faced remarkable challenges as they navigate through a fast-changing world.

Through it all, the retail industry has shown great resiliency and has asked for little more than a level playing field.

Unfortunately, as e-commerce boomed, a glaring disparity positioned our members and other Florida retailers at a significant disadvantage to online and out-of-state competitors.

Our state now has the opportunity to eliminate a legal loophole that will ensure fair competition and support Florida-based businesses, jobs and communities.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair reversed a decades-old decision permitting out-of-state retailers to evade the collection of sales taxes when shipping goods into states where the retailer had no presence. READ COMPLETE OP ED at floridapolitics.com

R. Scott Shalley is the President & CEO of the Florida Retail Federation.

Published in Retail News