PITFA in Customs bill update from NLC

From: Carolyn Coleman <Coleman@nlc.org>
Date: December 11, 2015 at 11:18:26 AM CST
To: "fedleg@sml.nlc.org" <fedleg@sml.nlc.org>
Cc: Stephanie Osborn <Osborn@nlc.org>
Subject: RE: PITFA in Customs bill update
Reply-To: <fedleg@sml.nlc.org>
Thanks everyone for your hard work on this issue. 

Priya and I had a call earlier this morning with lead House and Senate staffers for Rep. Chaffetz, Senators Enzi, Alexander, Heitkamp and Durbin and others and their feedback was clear - our calls and letters are making a huge difference, and we need to keep the pressure on in the Senate where we expect a vote on the conference report that includes PITFA to be taken next week.      

Also, our partners at the Center on Budget Policy and Priorities just posted this blog that underscores the harm a permanent ban on internet access taxes would have on state and local government revenues:  http://www.cbpp.org/blog/repealing-internet-tax-freedom-acts-grandfather-clause-could-harm-all-states.  Please feel free to share it with your members of Congress. 

Any questions, let us know.


Carolyn Coleman, Esq.
Director Federal Advocacy
National League of Cities (NLC)
202-626-3023 |  coleman@nlc.org





From: fedleg-owner@sml.nlc.org [mailto:fedleg-owner@sml.nlc.org] On Behalf Of Priya Ghosh Ahola
Sent: Friday, December 11, 2015 11:20 AM
To: fedleg@sml.nlc.org
Subject: PITFA in Customs bill update
Importance: High

Good morning State Leagues,

I wanted to update you on PITFA in the Customs bill and provide you with specific talking points.  The House is considering the bill today and it will likely pass.  The earliest possible vote in the Senate is on Monday evening but it is more likely the vote will take place on Tuesday.  I urge you to continue to contact your Senator.  For those of you with relationships with high level staff, such Chief of Staffs and Legislative Directors, it is imperative that you reach out to them.

I have included talking points below to help facilitate the conversation.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

  1. I greatly appreciate your leadership in the Congress and I know you are very busy dealing with a number of year-end legislative issues.
  2. I am contacting you to alert you about e-fairness policy and the permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act included in the customs reauthorization conference report. 
  3. The discrepancy in the collection of sales taxes at point of purchase continues to grow.  On-line retailers with no physical presence are not required to collect sales tax.  This outdated law puts our brick and mortar retailers at a significant competitive disadvantage. 
  4. We need to let the free market thrive and ensure all retailers play by the same rules. 
  5. As an ardent supporter of e-fairness, we have strongly advocated for any legislative movement on the Internet Tax Freedom Act to be coupled with e-fairness and vice versa.   
  6. At this time, the customs reauthorization conference report includes a permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act.  The extension was airdropped in the conference report this week and it does not relate at all to trade policy.  This extension should not move forward without consideration of e-fairness legislation at the same time.
  7. A bicameral, bipartisan e-fairness compromise must move with the permanent extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act this year -one should not move forward without the other. 
  8. We strongly urge your boss to support including e-fairness in an end-of-the-year package this year.
  9. Please contact Senators Alexander, Durbin or Enzi to express your support for getting eFairness finished this year.


Thanks for all your help!



Priya Ghosh Ahola, Esq.
National League of Cities (NLC)
202-626-3015 office

From: fedleg-owner@sml.nlc.org [mailto:fedleg-owner@sml.nlc.org] On Behalf Of Priya Ghosh Ahola
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 5:07 PM
To: fedleg@sml.nlc.org
Subject: ACTION NEEDED: Call your Senator now!
Importance: High

Dear State Leagues,

We have been informed that the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA)  has been inserted at the eleventh hour into the unrelated Customs Reauthorization Conference Report.  As you know, we oppose any permanent ban to our taxing authority like PITFA but are adamantly opposed to passage of this type of provision without any link to eFairness legislation.   The Senate will  consider the conference report shortly.

Clarence Anthony has already reached out directly to Senators.  If your senator is on the list of MFA supporters below, please reach out immediately and urge them to support removing the PITFA language.  Let them know that cities will continue to insist that any changes to PITFA must be coupled to an eFairness solution. 

The Senators who supported MFA in 2013 are listed below:

Alexander (R-TN)
Baldwin (D-WI)
Bennet (D-CO)
Blumenthal (D-CT)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Boxer (D-CA)
Brown (D-OH)
Burr (R-NC)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Cardin (D-MD)
Carper (D-DE)
Casey (D-PA)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Coons (D-DE)
Corker (R-TN)
Cowan (D-MA)
Donnelly (D-IN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Enzi (R-WY)

Feinstein (D-CA)
Fischer (R-NE)
Franken (D-MN)
Gillibrand (D-NY)
Graham (R-SC)
Hagan (D-NC)
Harkin (D-IA)
Heinrich (D-NM)
Heitkamp (D-ND)
Hirono (D-HI)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kaine (D-VA)
King (I-ME)
Klobuchar (D-MN)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Manchin (D-WV)
McCain (R-AZ)
McCaskill (D-MO)

Menendez (D-NJ)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murphy (D-CT)
Murray (D-WA)
Nelson (D-FL)
Portman (R-OH)
Pryor (D-AR)
Reed (D-RI)
Reid (D-NV)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Sanders (I-VT)
Schatz (D-HI)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Thune (R-SD)
Udall (D-CO)
Udall (D-NM)
Warner (D-VA)
Warren (D-MA)
Whitehouse (D-RI)
Wicker (R-MS)

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Priya Ghosh Ahola, Esq.
Principal Associate
National League of Cities (NLC)
202-626-3015 office




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