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WFCA remains optimistic on Marketplace Fairness Act

Dec. 9/16 2013; Volume 27/number 16

Screen Shot 2013-12-17 at 12.30.59 PMAnaheim, Calif.—The Senate-passed Marketplace Fairness Act sits idle in the House, unlikely to see any legislative action until first-quarter 2014 at the earliest. Undaunted, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) CEO Scott Humphrey remains resolute in his push to win Congressional approval for the Marketplace Fairness Act, which he said would level the playing field for brick-and-mortar flooring retailers who pay sales tax while online retailers in 34 states do not. Humphrey said he and WFCA lobbyists recently met with 14 Congressmen as well as the staff of Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Continue reading WFCA remains optimistic on Marketplace Fairness Act

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Humphrey: WFCA will be relevant in every aspect

By Steven Feldman

Volume 26/Number 26; May 13/20, 2013

(Exclusive to FCNews)

Harold Chapman, left, Bonitz Flooring Group, passes the gavel to incoming WFCA chairman Janice Clifton, Abbey Carpets Unlimited, as WFCA’s CEO Scott Humphrey looks on.

Asheville, N.C.—Presiding over his first World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) board meeting since becoming its president and CEO, Scott Humphrey professed the association’s stability while promising it would serve as the voice of the floor covering industry.

“We will be relevant in every aspect of this business,” he said. “And we will ensure people view this as a professional industry.”

With the aforementioned stability as the backdrop, Humphrey stressed the importance of WFCA being viewed as an organization in which one can be confident and trust. “The foundation laid by Chris Davis makes this transition very easy. I am thankful for what he did and thankful for the team he assembled.” Continue reading Humphrey: WFCA will be relevant in every aspect

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Marketplace Fairness Act passed

Anaheim, Calif. – Scott Humphrey, CEO, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), announced the U.S. Senate passed the Marketplace Fairness Act late in the afternoon on Monday, May 6, 2013. WFCA members reached out to their respective senators for weeks prior to passage, reminding them of how important the bill would be in restoring fairness and leveling the playing field for retailers nationwide.  The ensuing legislative victory was a 69-to-29-vote landslide with broad bipartisan support.  Continue reading Marketplace Fairness Act passed

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WFCA asks members to support Marketplace Fairness Act

With the help of World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) members, the U.S. Senate agreed to vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act on May 6, 2013. The Act authorizes states to collect sales tax on Internet sales, but a number of senators changed their supporting votes. A small group of senators is now relentlessly attacking the Act, costing 12 supporting votes already. Therefore, it is important that WFCA members continue to express support. It is only through congressional action that brick-and-mortar stores can compete fairly with out-of-state Internet and mail-order companies. We cannot afford to lose any votes.

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WFCA members mobilize to help pass internet sales tax proposal

The following is from the World Floor Covering Association concerning the latest on the Marketplace Fairness Act.

As an initial step in ultimately passing the Marketplace Fairness Act, the Senate voted 75 to 25 to allow states to collect sales taxes from internet and mail order companies. The Marketplace Fairness Act addresses a fundamental unfairness that allows out-of-state internet and mail order companies to avoid collecting and remitting state and local sales taxes while local brick and mortar stores are obligated to collect these taxes. The proposed legislation would create a program that would require internet and mail order sellers to collect and remit sales taxes to states that elect to participate in the federal program. Continue reading WFCA members mobilize to help pass internet sales tax proposal

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Search gets under way to find WFCA's next president and CEO

by Steven Feldman

Monday, May 21, 2012. Boca Raton, Fla.—The search to find the next president and CEO of the World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has officially begun. A five-person search committee was formed at WFCA’s biannual meeting here as well as the process by which the next executive will be named. Continue reading Search gets under way to find WFCA's next president and CEO

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WFCA urging dealers to support e-commerce bill

by Steven Feldman

Ahaheim, Calif.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) is urging floor covering retailers, distributors and manufacturers to throw their support behind the Marketplace Fairness Act. The proposed bipartisan legislation, also known as Senate Bill 1832, is designed to level the playing field between brick-and-mortar retailers and Internet or e-commerce sellers. Continue reading WFCA urging dealers to support e-commerce bill