NRF: When it comes to taxes, online, local retailers should be on level playing field
WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation reiterated its call on Congress to address a loophole that allows most online sellers to avoid sales tax collection to the detriment of local retailers and communities.
"Our current sales tax system is broken. It favors one set of retailers over another, hurts job growth, and threatens the economic health of local communities," NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay said. "We can’t allow an antiquated decision to unfairly disadvantage Main Street in a time when it’s already fighting to stay afloat."
Shay’s comments come as the House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday on H.R. 3179, the Marketplace Equity Act, authored by Reps. Steve Womack, R-Ark.. and Jackie Speier, D-Calif. The bill would address the 1992 Supreme Court decision in Quill v. North Dakota, where the court said states can only require an out-of-state seller to collect tax on sales to its residents if the seller has a physical presence in the state. Instead, the legislation would allow states to require collection by all sellers the same as local retail operations.
"Every single retailer, whether they sell in a store, online or through the mail, should be afforded the opportunity to compete on a level playing field," Shay said. "Congress needs to address this for the sake of the millions of jobs supported by local retailers."
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Nature’s Health Connection names Robyn Benincasa as Australian Dream spokeswoman
DETROIT — Nature’s Health Connection on Monday named New York Times best-selling author Robyn Benincasa as the spokeswoman for its topical pain reliever Australian Dream.
Nature’s Health Connection will be launching a new advertising campaign behind Australian Dream to include television, an advertorial and online marketing. The premise of the ads is that “if it works for [Robyn], imagine what it can do for you,” illustrating the effectiveness of Australian Dream.
Benincasa, who penned "How Winning Works," is a world-class adventure racer, two-time Guinness World Record holder, Ironman tri-athlete and motivational speaker. As an incredibly active individual who pushes her body to the limit and relies on Australian Dream for pain relief, Benincasa is the ideal spokewoman for the product, the company stated.
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Bausch + Lomb survey reveals need for eye health education
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Less than one-third of people take the basic steps necessary to preserve eye sight, according to a Bausch + Lomb global survey released last week. Though if forced to choose, people would rather lose their sense of taste (79%), hearing (78%), one of their limbs (68%) or 10 years off their life (67%) instead of their eyesight.
Bausch + Lomb hopes to raise awareness not only around eye health, but also about how regular eye exams can help identify overall health concerns. "For healthcare professionals, the eyes are the windows to one’s overall health,” stated Cal Roberts, Bausch + Lomb’s chief medical officer.
That’s because the eyes are the one organ where the health of a person’s veins and arteries can be easily seen, allowing eye care professionals to detect signs of more than 150 diseases, such as diabetes, high cholesterol and hypertension, years before a patient displays other symptoms, Roberts noted.
Key results for from the “Barometer of Global Eye Health” showed:
- 68% of those surveyed said they are knowledgeable about eye health but this assertion is contradicted by the fact that only 21% had regular eye exams over the past five years;
- Women were more likely than men to take steps to protect their vision, such as wearing sunglasses (81% vs. 77%), eating a healthy diet (82% vs. 75%) and refraining from smoking (79% vs. 73%);
- Married people were more likely than singles to have had a comprehensive eye exam in the past year (46% married vs. 38% single);
- For those who did not have regular eye exams, 65% said they had not visited an eye doctor because they did not have any symptoms and 60% because they had clear vision;
- 97% of doctors surveyed globally believe consumers do not have sufficient eye health knowledge; and
- 44% of those polled admitted they thought “I don’t need an eye test unless there is a problem,” while 42% said they believe “If I can see, then my eyes must be healthy.”
Bausch + Lomb, through its research partner KRC Research, surveyed 11,000 consumers across Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
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