Retailers to battle Border Adjustment Tax

Americans for Affordable Products coalition includes major home textiles retailers

Arlington, Va. – Major members of the import-dependent retail industry are making common cause with trade associations to stop the border adjustment tax or BAT.

The BAT has been proposed as part of a House Republican tax overhaul. It would levy a tax on the value of imports but not the value of exports.

Retailers and others have banded together to create Americans for Affordable Products, a project that involves educating lawmakers about the likelihood the tax would result in higher prices for consumers. The coalition asserts BAT could drive up pricing on consumer goods by as much as 20%.

Several home textiles retailers have joined the campaign, among them Walmart, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Target, Ross, Sears, Ikea North America, Bon-Ton, Dillard’s, Dollar General, QVC, HSNi, Crate & Barrel, JoAnn Stores, Meijer, Beall’s and Zulily.

Several national and state retail trade organizations have signed on as well. The complete list of members to date can be found here.

The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA), which said it supports comprehensive tax reform, described the BAT as harmful and untested.

“The retail industry pays among the highest effective tax rates of all industries. We, therefore, enthusiastically support reforming the current tax code and welcome the fact that both the President and Congress do so as well,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy.

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