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Retail federation urges lawmakers to lower corporate tax rate

The National Retail Federation told Congress that lawmakers need to lower the nation’s corporate tax rate in order to remain competitive in the global economy and to keep high taxes from hampering job creation. “The U.S. economy cannot thrive when we have the highest corporate tax rate in the industrialized world,” NRF Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French said. “Americans cannot sit by any longer and watch other nations continue to reduce corporate…  » Read more

SCOTUS needs to act now to enforce online sales tax, says NRF

The National Retail Federation said a ruling issued Sept. 14 by the South Dakota Supreme Court sets the stage for the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a long-out-of-date ruling on ecommerce. But NRF called on Congress to quickly pass legislation allowing states to require online sellers to collect sales tax the same as local stores rather than continuing to leave the issue in the hands of the courts. “It’s time for Congress to pass a law that…  » Read more

NRF continues efforts for 21st century tax reform

By David French | National Retail Federation As you know, the NRF has been fully engaged in a campaign to stop consideration of the border adjustment taxas part of comprehensive tax reform. On July 27, Republican leaders in the House, Senate and administration announced their intentions to continue to work on comprehensive tax reform without moving to a consumption tax system. Most importantly, in a joint statement the leaders recognized the concerns with a border adjustment tax and have decided to…  » Read more

Sales tax holiday season coming up; is your state offering?

Sixteen of the 45 U.S. states that collect sales tax will offer a tax holidays this year, with many of them coming up the first weekend of August. The sales tax holidays are designed to help consumers with back-to-school purchases, with many limited to things like clothing, shoes and school supplies. Virginia offers a break on hurricane-readiness supplies, while Louisiana and Mississippi offers tax-free purchases on firearms and hunting supplies. Check out this story by…  » Read more

Michigan Retailers Association offers downloadable sign opposing BAT

The Michigan Retailers Association is among the many partnering with the Americans for Affordable Products coalition in an attempt to stop the proposed Border Adjustment Tax (BAT). Amy Drumm, the VP of Government Affairs for the MRA, penned an editorial encouraging retailers to write their congressperson to voice their opposition to the BAT. In it, she wrote, “The BAT is just fancy government lingo for a new tax on imported products that retailers — and ultimately…  » Read more

Labor Department withdraws joint employer liability guidelines set under Obama

The National Retail Federation welcomed the announcement from the Labor Department that it would withdraw burdensome guidance issued under the Obama Administration significantly broadening the definition of a joint employer and creating seemingly limitless liability in business to business relationships. “Today’s announcement from the Labor Department is an important first step in reversing one of the most onerous regulations imposed by the previous administration on businesses,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Drastically expanding…  » Read more

Editorial: Card fee ruling a good thing for retailers, but be careful

On March 29, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that merchants have the choice to let their customers know how much banks and credit card companies are making every time a credit or debit card transaction occurs. The ruling stems from a New York case involving Expressions Hair Design, which wanted to implement a surcharge to its customers who pay by credit card to offset the fees the business is charged by banks and other credit…  » Read more

NRF: Tax reform could set retailers back for years

The National Retail Federation is urging Congress to focus on updating the existing federal income tax system through comprehensive reform rather than moving toward a consumption tax. Under either approach, Congress should reject a proposed $1 trillion border adjustment tax that would drive up prices for consumers and cost the economy jobs, NRF said. “The most important aspect of any tax reform measure is its impact on the economy, jobs and the consumer,” NRF Senior Vice President…  » Read more

Survey: Most party, costume retailers want Congress to enforce online sales tax

The majority of Party & Paper Retailers who voted in a recent survey are in favor of Congress enacting legislation to enforce sales tax for online purchases. In our online survey, 64.3% voted yes for federal legislation, while 35.7% said no. With more and more states passing online sales tax enforcement laws, pressure is mounting on Congress to enact a more wide-sweeping bill to do the same. The National Retail Federation has issued support for…  » Read more