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Cities Urged to Take Action in Support of Federal Marketplace Fairness Act

Action Must Occur Before 113th Congress Adjourns

November 21, 2014
California city officials have an opportunity to advocate for a legislation that makes tax collection mandatory for online retailers when their representatives Members of Congress will return to the districts during next week’s Congress Thanksgiving recess.
The Marketplace Fairness Act (S.743) passed the Senate in May 2013 but the introduced House version (H.R. 684) has yet to move. The legislation will die if the 113th Congress fails to act before the end of the year.

The League of California Cities supports this legislation because it would level the playing field between merchants on Main Street and remote sellers such as out-of-state merchants, catalogue operations and online retailers. Under current law, only Main Street merchants are required to collect state and local taxes, giving the other class of retailers a competitive advantage and causing state and local governments nationwide to lose an estimated $23 billion in revenues.
Specifically cities with Republican House representatives are urged to ask them to contact House Speaker John Boehner and request that he allows the House to vote on a bill that combines the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) with a temporary extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act. City officials should ask Republican members of the California Delegation to support this important legislation. The MFA is not a new tax. It simply allows states and local governments to collect the uncollected sales tax on remote sales that are already owed. These revenues will have a direct impact on the core services delivered by local and state governments.
Take Action
The League requests city officials to contact the following U.S. representatives immediately:
Doug LaMalfa
CA 1st District
Tom McClintock
CA 4th District
Paul Cook
CA 8th District
Jeff Denham
CA 10th District
David Valadao
CA 21st District
Devin Nunes
CA 22nd District
Kevin McCarthy
CA 23rd District
Buck McKeon
CA 25th District
Gary Miller
CA 31st District
Ed Royce
CA 39th District
Ken Calvert
CA 42nd District
John Campbell
CA 45th District
Dana Rohrabacher
CA 48th District
Darrell Issa
CA 49th District
Duncan Hunter
CA 50th District
Calls to representatives are more effective when followed up with a letter or email. The League has prepared a sample MFA support letter cities can use to communicate with their representatives.
Please note that due to security measures, email is the fastest way to reach members of Congress in writing.
The League also requests cities tailor a sample letter to the editor expressing support of this crucial legislation.
Take the message to social media by using the hash tag #efairness in posts on Twitter and Facebook.
The League is tracking this legislation closely and will be engaging members of Congress. Please let the League know you have reached out to your representative on the MFA so that staff can follow up with your representative.

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