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Geoff Greenwood, Communications Director
515-281-6699, geoff.greenwood@iowa.gov
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 24, 2012

Miller Urges Senators to Support Market Fairness Act

Legislation would even tax playing field for Iowa’s brick and mortar businesses, provide needed revenue to Iowa citizens

(DES MOINES, Iowa)  Attorney General Tom Miller today urged Iowa’s U.S. Senators to support a bill that would allow states to require online merchants to collect and remit sales taxes.

Three bills circulating through Congress, including the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA), would allow states to require online merchants to impose a sales tax if those merchants are not located within that state.  Under a United States Supreme Court ruling in Quill v. North Dakota, states cannot do so unless Congress grants that authority.

“It is fundamentally unfair that Iowa ‘brick and mortar’ businesses must collect sales tax, while their online competitors collect none,” Miller wrote in a letter to Senators Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa).  “Iowa businesses deserve a level playing field.”  Miller also noted that the legislation would enhance tax fairness, promote compliance with tax law, and provide needed revenues to fund the needs of Iowa citizens.

Miller joins Governor Terry Branstad and Iowa legislators of both parties in calling on Congress to enact this legislation.

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