JA Relaunches Campaign for Internet Sales Tax

Jewelers of America on June 21 relaunched its campaign urging Congress to re-introduce and pass legislation that would apply sales tax for Internet purchases.
Members and non-members can send messages to their elected representatives by visiting the “sales tax fairness” action alert section at JA’s Legislative Action Center in the “Legislation & Regulation” section of www.jewelers.org.
JA is hoping to build on the momentum started by the recent groundswell of support for sales tax fairness in the states, where numerous state-level bills have been introduced and passed, it said.
The news comes as JA leaders and board members of JAPAC, the Jewelers of America Political Action Committee, meet June 22 with legislators in Washington, D.C.
JAPAC board members will meet with their Senate and House representatives, asking them to stand up for jewelers on issues like sales tax fairness and protection of LIFO—the last-in, first-out accounting method.
The meetings are part of a daylong agenda that will include two JAPAC fundraising events organized by JA’s legislative counsel, Haake & Associates.
“This is a critical period for jewelers, as Congress grapples with major changes that could impact both jewelers and the consumers who buy jewelry products,” said JA president & CEO Matthew A. Runci in a statement. “This visit to Washington marks an important milestone for JAPAC, as the need for this type of interaction with legislators grows.”

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