Marketplace Fairness: Leveling the Playing Field for Small Business

August 1, 2012

253 Russell Senate Office Building

Feature Image: Cosumer ProtectionWASHINGTON, D.C.— The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hold a hearing to examine the rule that allows many online retailers to be exempt from state sales tax laws.  Based on the Supreme Court’s decision in Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, states are prohibited from collecting sales taxes from online retailers who do not have a physical presence in their state.  As a consequence, local retailers who compete with online companies are at the mercy of a 6-10% price disadvantage, and state and local governments are deprived of billions of dollars in revenue.  Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller is pending in the Senate that would eliminate this price disadvantage on local retailers and would provide states with the ability to enforce their existing state and local sales and use tax laws in a manner that does not unduly burden e-commerce.

Please note the hearing will be webcast live via the Senate Commerce Committee website.  Refresh the Commerce Committee homepage 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to automatically begin streaming the webcast.

Individuals with disabilities who require an auxiliary aid or service, including closed captioning service for webcast hearings, should contact Collenne Wider at 202-224-5511 at least three business days in advance of the hearing date.



Majority Statement

  • Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV

    U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

Witness Panel 1

  • Honorable Richard J. Durbin

  • Honorable Michael B. Enzi

  • Honorable Lamar Alexander


Witness Panel 2

  • Mr. Paul Misener

    Vice President for Global Public Policy
    Misener Testimony (280.55 KB)
  • Mr. Steven Bercu

    CEO and Co-owner
    BookPeople, Austin, TX
    Bercu Testimony (201.32 KB)
  • Mr. Scott Peterson

    Executive Director
    Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board
    Peterson Testimony (140.45 KB)
  • Mr. Steve DelBianco

    Executive Director
    NetChoice Coalition