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MAIN STREET AMERICA RALLY TUESDAY FOR 'QUILL' TAX CASE TO BE ARGUED IN U.S. SUPREME COURT

MAIN STREET AMERICA RALLY TUESDAY FOR 'QUILL' TAX CASE TO BE ARGUED
 IN U.S. SUPREME COURT Call for End of 'Unfair, Crippling' $3 Billion Direct Marketer Tax Break; Small Businesses Urge 'Fair Trade' Treatment for Businesses
 in United States
 It is not necessary to travel to Japan or Europe to find "unfair trade" advantages that make it difficult for tens of thousands of U.S. companies to compete in the marketplace on an equal footing, according to Main Street America representatives who will call upon the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the "Quill" decision regarding collection of sales and use taxes by out-of-state direct marketers.
 The $3 billion tax break that direct marketers get through their exemption from state sales and use taxes is "unfair trade American- style" and is crippling merchants, retailers and others across the United States. (The Supreme Court will hear the "Quill Corp. v. State of North Dakota" case on Jan. 22.)
 Main Street America will rally in support of "Quill" at 9:30 a.m., Jan. 21, B318 Rayburn House Office Building, South Capitol Street and Independence Avenue, S.E., Washington. (A special 9 a.m. session of one-on-one briefings has been added at the same location for Supreme Court reporters unable to
attend the main event at 9:30 a.m.) Participants will include:
 -- Steve Guttman, International Council of Shopping Centers (representing in the United States 22,000 retailers, owners, developers and lenders in the industry). Guttman is with Federal Realty, Bethesda, Md., and has interests in "strip" malls in the D.C. area.
 -- Ed Knodle, Knodle's Electronics, Inc. (a store in Sycamore, Ill.), and the National Association of Retail Dealers of America (3,200 Main Street merchant members).
 -- John Rector, National Association of Retail Druggists (40,000 pharmacist members across the United States) and the Coalition for Fair Collection of Interstate Sales Taxes (more than 20 retail and labor group members).
 -- North Dakota Tax Commissioner Heidi Heitkamp and Dan Bucks, Multistate Tax Commission.
 NOTE: Advance copies of the Coalition for Fair Collection of Interstate Sales Taxes "fact sheet" on the "Quill" case are available upon request.
 CONTACT: Scott Stapf, 703-276-1116, or after hours, 703-524-8417; and Janet Gregor, 202-628-6041, both for the Coalition for Fair Collection of Interstate Sales Taxes.
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