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Main Street Business Owners Celebrate Win On Marketplace Fairness Act

U.S. Senators Want a Level Playing Field for Brick-and-Mortar Retailers

March 22, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Across the country, small business members of the Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) are celebrating today’s Senate vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act. A bipartisan group of 75 Senators came together to support Main Street business owners and take an important step towards closing the online sales tax loophole once and for all. This vote marks an enormous victory for America’s small businesses, which have been forced to compete on an unlevel playing field for far too long.

“It’s about time small business owners like me got some good news from Washington,” said Tee Miller, owner of Black Mingo Outfitters in Georgetown, South Carolina. “Now that the Senate has voted in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act, it’s time for Congress to act quickly and pass this much-needed legislation so I can finally compete fairly with online-only retailers who have enjoyed an unfair price advantage for far too long. Thank you, Senator Graham for showing South Carolina retailers and small businesses your support.”

“I want to applaud Senator Jerry Moran for standing up for Main Street businesses by voting in favor of the Marketplace Fairness Act,” said Wayne DeBey, owner of The Floor Nook in Salina, Kansas. “Today’s vote is a good step toward providing a level playing field for our small businesses and the thousands of retailers across Kansas. It’s important that we promote competition and fairness in the marketplace by closing the online sales tax loophole.”

"Thank you to all of the Senators who showed their support for e-fairness today – and especially to Senators Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman for siding with Ohio’s small business owners,” said Jayson Waits, owner of Bloomtastic Florists in Columbus, Ohio. “Small businesses are the economic backbone of our communities, and when Congress closes the Internet sales tax loophole these businesses will finally have the chance to compete on a level playing field with online-only retailers. It is crucial that fairness and competition are promoted in the marketplace and Ohio took a big step toward in that direction today."

“Today, Senators Warner and Kaine voted with Virginia’s local businesses to close the online sales tax loophole,” said Sarah Pishko, owner of Prince Books in Norfolk, Virginia. “Their vote in support of the Marketplace Fairness Act is the first step to ensure taxes are applied fairly and government isn’t picking winners and losers by making some businesses collect taxes while others get a free pass. I want to thank them on behalf of Virginia business owners for voting to support Main Street.”

The Marketplace Fairness Act has also garnered support from conservative leaders and America’s Governors, who believe that states should have the right to require online-only retailers to collect sales taxes, just as brick-and-mortar retailers do every day. Today’s Senate vote clearly demonstrates that the time has come for e-fairness to become law.