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NRF has a history of bringing retailers together, with one voice, in Washington, DC. For the last 103 years, retailers have turned to NRF to advocate for issues that matter to their business. But at its core, effective advocacy is about bringing people who care about their business, and issues that matter to their business, […]

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Last week was a critical step forward in the debate on sales tax fairness. At a three-hour-plus House Judiciary Committee hearing last Wednesday, members of Congress heard from a panel of lobbyists, experts and attorneys on various proposals to eliminate the sales tax disparity that gives online sellers a price advantage to the detriment of […]

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It’s been almost a year since the Senate voted 69-27 to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that allows states to require online sellers to collect sales tax the same as local stores. Now the House has an opportunity to pass similar legislation. Here are some of the key issues underlying this week’s House Judiciary […]

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On the heels of a holiday shopping season that witnessed record amounts of online shopping, a broad coalition of over 300 organizations, representing more than 3 million American businesses and associations, including NRF, is urging Congress to act on the retail industry’s top public policy priority – sales tax fairness. “We are writing to start […]

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While it seems like Washington was stuck in gridlock for much of 2013, NRF made significant headways – both on Capitol Hill and in the Courts. Here’s a quick rundown of five major actions that impacted retailers this year: The Senate passed sales tax fairness legislation. On May 6, 2013 the Senate voted in favor […]

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As any successful entrepreneur knows, the biggest opportunities can often be found in the aftermath of the biggest failures. There’s no question that this month’s government shutdown saga has been a spectacular failure. From almost every possible perspective, it’s clear that everybody lost. Washington, Congress, President Obama, the GOP, the business community, investors, retailers and […]

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There’s a new signpost along the long road to sales tax fairness. Today, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., unveiled a new set of principles laying the legislative groundwork to fix an outdated sales tax collection system. It means momentum is building for a level playing field between Main Street retailers and their online […]

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With trade associations forced by logistics to plan Washington “fly-ins” months ahead of time, all too often their members arrive pumped up to lobby on the big bill of the year only to find Congress has already passed it – or delayed it until next year. But that wasn’t the case with NRF’s annual Washington […]

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You could hear the anger rising in the voice of Representative Steve Womack as he stood before a Washington hotel ballroom jammed with retailers this week. He was explaining how customers in an electronics store back home routinely use smartphones to check online prices of merchandise, then click “buy it now” in plain sight of […]

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It has been said that “patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” Leveling the playing field where online retailers are obligated to collect sales tax, just like their brick-and-mortar counterparts, is a fine example of that. After more than a decade of patience, persistence and a good dose of perspiration, the United […]

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