On March 18, 2013, NAR, in coalition with other industry groups, sent a letter to the Senate in support of a proposed amendment to the fiscal year 2014 Senate Budget Resolution which would implement S. 336, the Marketplace Fairness Act. This bipartisan bill, introduced by Senators Enzi (R-WY), Alexander (R-TN), Heitkamp (D-ND) and Durbin (D-IL), would assist states in collecting uncollected state sales and use taxes due on internet and other remote purchases. This will also level the playing field for traditional “brick-and-mortar” businesses which have faced an unfair price disadvantage against online sellers due to sales taxes.
On March 22 the Senate Budget Resolution passed the Senate, and the Marketplace Fairness Act amendment was approved by voice vote. Because budget resolutions are nonbinding, the Marketplace Fairness Act still needs to go through the normal legislative process before it becomes law, so NAR will continue to monitor and support it as it progresses.