Washington, D.C. — On Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. the House Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Examining the Wayfair decision and its Ramifications for Consumers and Small Businesses.” The hearing will examine the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Wayfair v. South Dakota which reversed the long-standing physical presence rule of Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which provided that states may not impose sales-tax collection duties on out-of-state sellers with no physical presence in the taxing state.

Witnesses for Tuesday’s hearing are:

  • Mr. Grover Norquist, President, Americans for Tax Reform
  • Mr. Chad White, Owner, Class-Tech-Cars, Inc.
  • Mr. Lary Sinewitz, Executive Vice President, BrandsMart
  • Mr. Bartlett Cleland, General Counsel and Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, American Legislative Exchange Council
  • The Honorable Curt Bramble, President, National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Mr. Andrew Moylan, Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union Foundation
  • Mr. Joseph R. Crosby, Principal, MultiState Associates Incorporated
  • Mr. Andrew J. Pincus, Partner, Mayer Brown

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the following statement in advance of the hearing.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Online sales tax is a complicated issue and one which the Supreme Court should have allowed Congress to resolve. The ability to regulate interstate commerce has always been a legislative issue. Our Founders were also clear on the issue of ‘no regulation without representation.’  Unfortunately, the Supreme Court’s recent decision in the Wayfair case violates this founding principle. We are now faced with many unanswered questions. Tomorrow’s hearing is intended to help us gain insight on how to move forward in the wake of the Court’s close and incomplete decision.”

This hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at judiciary.house.gov. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.

Background: Last month, Chairman Goodlatte along with Congresswoman Eshoo and Congressman Sensenbrenner issued a statement on the Supreme Court’s decision in the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc.

Earlier this year, Chairman Goodlatte filed an amicus brief asking the Supreme Court to affirm Quill, because the remote sales tax issue is a complex legislative policy question properly left to Congress, not the courts, to decide.

Chairman Goodlatte has been at the forefront of efforts to resolve the complex issue of online sales tax, and has been an outspoken advocate for keeping internet access free from burdensome taxes.

From his negotiations regarding online sales tax, Chairman Goodlatte established seven principles of remote sales tax that must be met for a successful legislative compromise on the issue.

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