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NAHFA Rallies Members to Support MFA

The North American Home Furnishings Association has sent a letter to Rep. Robert Goodlatte, (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, again this week reminding him why home furnishings retailers support the Marketplace Fairness Act.

MFA grants states the authority to compel online and catalog retailers, no matter where they are located, to collect sales tax at the time of a transaction, as local retailers are already required to do. States are only granted this authority after they have simplified their sales tax laws.

This is the second such letter the association has sent in its support of the online sales tax. This month the association also rallied members to send their own letter to their representatives along with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), former Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). The NAHFA also encouraged members to reach out to their local media via a link on the Alliance for Main Street Fairness' website.

"The internet sales tax issue has gained more momentum and attention this year and we encourage our members to keep reaching out to their legislators and share their views," said NAHFA's CEO, Sharron Bradley. "Our calls to action give them quick links to write letters to the appropriate members of Congress and to sign off on the letter sent directly from the NAHFA. We also strongly encourage members—and the industry—to meet with their legislators when they're on recess next month. Our unified voice is strong, but personal phone calls, letters and meetings with constituents are even more powerful.”

The NAHFA works on a myriad of issues important to retailers and joins with other industry and national organizations in raising awareness on the laws and regulations that affect home furnishings retailers and business as a whole.

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