Jewelers of America was among a small group of influential organizations to receive acknowledgement from Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) on November 9, during introduction of the Marketplace Fairness Act (S.1832), a broadly bipartisan sales tax fairness bill.
From the Senate floor, Sen. Enzi asked for and received unanimous consent to enter Jewelers of America’s letter of support for the bill into the Congressional Record. JA was one of 12 supporting organizations the Senator mentioned by name.
JA continues to support all sales tax fairness proposals, but we believe the Marketplace Fairness Act represents the best opportunity for this legislation to pass. Learn more about sales tax fairness and how you can take action to support it today!
Watch Sen. Enzi introduce the bill -- in a video after the jump.
(JA is mentioned at the 3:03 mark in the video)
The bill is the third major piece of sales tax fairness legislation to be introduced in Congress since July. In addition to Sen. Enzi, who has long championed the issue, cosponsors included Dick Durbin (D-IL), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Tim Johnson (D-SD), John Boozman (R-AR), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Jack Reed (D-RI), Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Bob Corker (R-TN).
Durbin introduced the Main Street Fairness Act in late July, but the bill lacks bipartisan support and has not moved forward.
The Marketplace Fairness Act (and a House bill introduced on October 13, the Marketplace Equity Act (H.R. 3179)) would allow states more flexibility in how they collect taxes owed and include small business exemptions.