Retail Industry Leaders Association to Push for Data Privacy Online Taxes in D.C. This Year

Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) said in a new report that it would push hard for the passage of an national Internet sales tax law and for better data privacy regulations this year. In its annual policy agenda, the trade group highlighted the issues it deemed to be of grave importance this year. A federal law to deal with online sales tax is at the top of the list. The group, which represents traditional retailers, believes that having a national sales tax collection law will levy the playing field so that online-only retailers don't have an advantage.

Last year the Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act. The RILA wants to the House to pass the legislation this year.

The second important issue for the group is data privacy, an issue that is certainly of great concern to many companies operating in America these days who are subject to laws meant to aid law enforcement in collecting data to deal with potential terrorist threats – and recent security breaches at major retailers like Target.

The trade group also listed tax reform, changes to the federal healthcare law, trade issues and labor regulations as priorities it wants to champion to lawmakers in 2014.

You can read the full report here (PDF).

Source: The Hill

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    Craig R. says:

    Yes, sales taxes are at the state level. However, a national Internet sales tax is designed to alleviate the problem of 50 states trying to do 50 different things, and put the onus for collection on retailers forking over to the respective states instead of customers being expected to report sales tax that they owe.

    In the end, I don't want an Internet sales tax, but much like many retailers (such as, if we're going to be stuck with one I want something consistent.

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    grenaid says:

    I still don't get this.  Aren't sales taxes on the state level?  Aren't some internet companies not even based in the US?

    I get how the status quo is bad for competition, gov revenue, etc. 

    Is the idea to introduce a new tarrif in the middle of TPP negotiations?  Because it sounds like that's the kind of protectionism they want here.

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