Republicans in the U.S. Senate caved in. They voted to force businesses located in one state to serve as unpaid tax collectors for 45 other states. (Five states have no sales tax.)
The RINO Party Line is that this is not a tax increase. It is a huge tax increase. Voters will pay it. Businesses will pay it.
The nightmare of complying will kill tens of thousands of online businesses. This is a subsidy to Walmart, which pays sales taxes because it is physically located in all states. Amazon has also joined in — same reason. It has delivery centers in several states, and it plans to add lots more. These companies want small businesses to pay. They do not want competition.
The bill makes businesses, that are not under the jurisdiction of 45 states with sales taxes, serve as unpaid tax collectors for these states.
The debate now goes to the House. If Republicans in the House cave in, you will find out just how large a tax increase this is.
Online business sites are not fighting this tax. They are rolling over and playing dead. “What, we should worry?” If this bill is passed by the House, they will find out just how much they should have worried.
The House Bill is H.R. 684. It is called the Marketplace Fairness Act.
There is nothing fair about this tax. Businesses that get no benefits from government spending in 45 states will be forced to collect taxes from residents of those states.These is a term for this practice: taxation without representation.
Don’t roll over and play dead. Contact your Congressman. Say that you oppose any tax increase. Explain that you take this vote seriously enough to determine whether you will vote for him in 2014. Explain that opposition to this bill is a non-negotiable political issue in your view. Mention its name and number. This will show that you really are serious about this.
If you do not know who your Congressman is, use the House’s search service. All you need to do is supply your zip code.
If the site does not offer a Contact Me email address, call the local office. Make sure your opinion is counted.
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