The following is a media release:
DelBene visits Kirkland Businesses to Push for Legislation to Close Online Sales Tax Loophole
Congresswoman will visit Main Street retailers in Downtown Kirkland to discuss the need for Congress to act on Marketplace Fairness Legislation
Congresswoman Suzan DelBene will be visiting local retailers in Kirkland to discuss the need for legislation to close an internet tax loophole and allow Main Street retailers to compete on a level playing field with out-of-state businesses.
Last week, in a bipartisan vote, the US Senate approved an amendment to the Senate budget supporting a measure to allow states to require out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes. Rep. DelBene is an original co-sponsor of the legislation in the House, called the Marketplace Fairness Act. The legislation is currently in the Judiciary Committee, of which DelBene is a member.
By enacting the Marketplace Fairness Act this year, Congress would provide a pathway for Washington state and localities to collect an estimated $284 million in the 2013-15 biennium and an estimated $845 million in the 2015-17 biennium, according to the state Department of Revenue. These dollars could help close looming budget deficits that Washington state and many local governments face over the next few years.
DelBene, during her tenure as Director of Washington state’s Department of Revenue, worked to close the internet tax loophole and saw firsthand the negative impact this loophole caused Washington businesses and local governments struggling to fund critical public services such as local police and fire.
Thursday, March 28
Tour of downtown Kirkland businesses to discuss need for Marketplace Fairness Act
WHERE: The Grape Choice
9 Lakeshore Plaza