Earlier this month the Senate passed the “Marketplace Fairness Act,” formerly known as the “Mainstreet Fairness Act.” The law, as written, would require online retailers with annual revenue above $1 million to collect and remit sales tax to hundreds of tax districts throughout the United States.
McKane Davis, President of Scrapbook.com, believes the law will have a devastating impact on his small business. He stated, “We don’t have an army of tax lawyers, accountants and programmers to comply with the law like Walmart does.”
Proponents of the bill that passed the Senate, and that now resides in the House Judiciary Committee, claim it offers “free software” to help automate sales tax collection. The problem, however, is that the bill does not account for the many other very significant costs of compliance.
Amazon has invested millions to support this bill, but presumably not because they wish to support the interests of small brick and mortar retailers. Perhaps it’s because they seek to disadvantage their smaller competitors online by strapping them with a potentially overwhelming administrative burden.
Here’s the good news – you can stop this bill from becoming law
If you live in any of the following districts please contact Internet Retailers for Fairness here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will put you in touch with Drex Davis who is organizing responses from business owners in these districts. The following districts represent Judiciary Committee Members who are currently reviewing the bill in the House.
New York 10th
New York 8th
North Carolina 12th
North Carolina 13th
North Carolina 6th
South Carolina 4th
Puerto Rico At-Large
This tool makes it easy to see which district you are in.