Senator Michael B. Enzi
Senator Byron L. Dorgan
Congressman Ernest Istook, Jr.
Congressman William J. Delahunt
September 25, 2003
Dear Senator Enzi, Senator Dorgan, Congressman Istook and Congressman Delahunt:
The undersigned groups are in strong support of the “Simplified Sales and Use Tax Act,” which provides for fair and simple sales tax collection.
As you know, brick-and-mortar retailers are currently required to collect sales taxes, while many online and catalog retailers are not required to collect the same taxes. This is not only fundamentally unfair to Main Street retailers, but it is costing states and localities billions in lost revenue. This further threatens vital public services including health care, education, and public safety.
Responding to this unfair situation, 34 states and the District of Columbia-working in conjunction with the business community—approved the “Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement” on November 12, 2002. The multi-state agreement outlines a comprehensive system to simplify the states’ sales tax rules. Since then, 20 states have enacted legislation to change the tax laws and implement the requirements of the Agreement. This comprehensive Agreement will dramatically lower tax compliance burdens for American businesses and consumers.
The states have made great progress and we now call on Congress to respond to their efforts by passing the “Simplified Sales and Use Tax Act.” This legislation has the support of brick-and-mortar and online retailers; retail and real estate associations; publicly- and privately-owned shopping centers; state and local government groups; and organizations representing firefighters, teachers, police and other public sector workers.
We thank you for introducing this vital legislation and we look forward to working with you toward enactment.
Businesses and Associations
Alabama Retail Association
American Booksellers Association
American Jewelers Association
Ames Department Stores
Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association
CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
Circuit City Stores, Inc.
Electronic Commerce Association
First Washington Realty Trust, Inc.
Florida Government Affairs Committee of the International Council Of Shopping Centers
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Florida Retail Federation
Gateway Companies, Inc.
General Growth Properties, Inc.
Georgia Retail Association
Great Lakes Booksellers Association
Illinois Retail Merchants Association
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
International Mass Retail Association (IMRA)
Kentucky Retail Association
Kimco Realty Corporation
Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
Michigan Retailers Association
Mid-South Booksellers Association
Missouri Retailers Association
Mountains & Plains Booksellers Association
National Association of College Stores
National Association of Convenience Stores
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)
National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT)
National Association of Realtors (NAR)
National Community Pharmacists Association
National Retail Federation
New England Booksellers Association
North American Retail Dealers Association (NARDA)
Northern California Independent Booksellers
Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association
Performance Warehouse Association
Regency Realty Corporation
Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM)
Simon Property Group
Southeast Booksellers Association
Southern California Booksellers Association
South Carolina Merchants Association
Taubman Centers, Inc.
The Gap, Inc.
The Macerich Company
The Musicland Group, Inc.
The Real Estate Roundtable (RER)
The Rouse Company
Virginia Retail Merchants Association
Weingarten Realty Investors
Westfield America, Inc.
American Federation of Teachers
American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees
Department for Professional Employees, AFL-CIO
International Association of Firefighters
National Education Association
Service Employees International Union, AFL-CIO
United Food and Commercial Workers International Union
State and Local Government Groups
Council of State Governments
National Association of Counties
National Conference of State Legislatures
National League of Cities
The United States Conference of Mayors
Florida League of Cities