Last week, legislation to close the sales tax loophole exploited by online-only retailers in Arizona unanimously passed the Senate Commerce Committee. While this is very encouraging news, we need to ensure that the SB1338 use tax (commonly known as the “Amazon should collect sales tax” bill!) gains even more momentum and we are asking your help. Please take a moment to email your Senator in support of SB1338. Here are some steps put together by the Arizona Alliance for Main Street Fairness that make this process quick and simple.
1) Find your Legislative District number by visiting the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission website. In the lower left hand corner of the homepage, type in your address to find out which district you are in.
2) Find your Senate member and their email address from the list below.
Steve Pierce, District 1, R email@example.com
Jack Jackson Jr., District 2, D firstname.lastname@example.org
Ron Gould, District 3, R email@example.com
Judy Burges, District 4, R firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvia Allen, District 5, R email@example.com
Lori Klein, District 6, R firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Barto, District 7, R email@example.com
Michele Reagan, District 8, R firstname.lastname@example.org
Rick Murphy, District 9, R email@example.com
Linda Gray, District 10, R firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Driggs, District 11, R email@example.com
John Nelson, District 12, R firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Gallardo, District 13, D email@example.com
Robert Meza, District 14, D firstname.lastname@example.org
David Lujan, District 15, D email@example.com
Leah Landrum Taylor, District 16, D firstname.lastname@example.org
David Schapira,District 17, D email@example.com
Jerry Lewis, District 18, R firstname.lastname@example.org
Rich Crandall, District 19, R email@example.com
John McComish, District 20, R firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Yarbrough, District 21, R email@example.com
Andy Biggs, District 22, R firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Smith, District 23, R email@example.com
Don Shooter, District 24, R firstname.lastname@example.org
Gail Griffin, District 25, R email@example.com
Al Melvin, District 26, R firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia Cajero Bedford, District 27, D email@example.com
Paula Aboud, District 28, D firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Lopez, District 29, D email@example.com
Frank Antenori, District 30, R firstname.lastname@example.org
3) Copy and paste the following text into an email to your Senator:
As a small business owner here in Arizona, as well as a proud member of Local First Arizona, I strongly support Senate Bill 1338. Local retail businesses need to be able to compete on a level playing field with online retailers who own and operate warehouses or distribution centers within the state. The sales tax loophole that they are exploiting is unfair to small businesses like mine. While we must collect and submit sales tax on the items purchased in our store, online retailers do not. This is unfair and needs to be corrected.
The local retail industry provides 1 in 4 jobs, and is responsible for hundreds of millions in revenue for our great state. We need to be given every chance to succeed in a fair marketplace, one in which the government does not pick winners and losers.
Thank you, and please vote yes on SB-1338.