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House Passes Simmons Resolution in Support of the Federal Marketplace Fairness Act
12/17/2013
HARRISBURG – A resolution sponsored by Rep. Justin Simmons (R-Lehigh/Northampton), urging the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama to adopt the Marketplace Fairness Act, was approved by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives today. The federal legislation is designed to set uniform standards for the collection of sales taxes by states.

“Thanks to a series of decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, states cannot require an out-of-state retailer to collect sales tax,” said Simmons. “As a result, most online purchases do not include the Pennsylvania sales tax. This has a negative impact on our community retailers, which are at a distinct disadvantage when competing with online retailers that don’t charge the state’s sales tax. We believe all retailers should play by the same rules.”

Simmons said the sales tax loophole also results in the Commonwealth losing out on badly needed tax revenue, estimated at more than $400 million annually that could go toward broad-based tax relief for Pennsylvania residents. According to one study, the use of these funds to reduce taxes could result in an additional $15 billion for the state’s economy and 43,000 new jobs over 10 years.

Simmons noted that the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 has passed the U.S. Senate in a strong bipartisan manner. The legislation is strongly supported by the non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) and the National Governor’s Association (NGA).

“A number of states, including our own Commonwealth, have already taken some steps to create a level playing field for all retailers, but congressional action is needed to create a nationwide system,” said Simmons.

Copies of House Resolution 571 will be transmitted to the president, the presiding officers of each chamber of Congress, and each member of Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation.

For more information on Simmons and his legislative priorities, visit www.RepSimmons.com or www.Facebook.com/RepSimmons.

Representative Justin Simmons
131st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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