The NSRA and FDRA headed to Congress to lobby on behalf of independent shoe retailers last week.
Meeting with key members in the House of Representatives and Senate, Matt Priest and Chuck Schuyler, presidents of the FDRA and NSRA, respectively, addressed the Marketplace Fairness Act, which aims to regulate sales taxes across the Internet and brick-and-mortar businesses. Historically, the nature of online retail has made it more difficult to monitor taxing efficiently.
“Top policymakers are deeply interested in the concerns of small footwear business owners and what they are seeing in the marketplace,” said Priest. “Our message of tax fairness for independent retailers resonated.
“As we continue to have meetings with key policymakers each week, we will be adding concerns of NSRA members to our list of talking points, meaning nearly 100 percent of the industry’s retailers will now have a voice and advocate in Washington, D.C., through FDRA,” he added.