WE R HERE: MFA/ITFA FRANKSTEIN BILL IS A TAX ON INTERNET ACCESS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 24, 2014

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WE R HERE: MFA/ITFA FRANKSTEIN BILL IS A TAX ON INTERNET ACCESS

 

Washington, DC – WE R HERE Executive Director and tax fairness advocate Phil Bond today released the following statement in response to reports that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to attach the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) to the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA) during the lame duck session:

“Just last week, Senator Ron Wyden – the Democratic Finance Committee Chairman – said that ‘anyone who votes for passing MFA alongside ITFA is voting to repeal the Internet Tax Freedom Act.’ Sadly, it appears Majority Leader Harry Reid will ask the Senate to do exactly that in December.

When they return to Washington after the election, the Senate will have only a short window in which to extend the Internet Tax Freedom Act, and protect their constituents from new taxes on Internet Access. Rather than desperately trying to push the onerous and business-killing MFA at the behest of the mega-retailers like Wal-Mart and Amazon, pro-tax Senators Reid, Durbin, and Enzi should follow the House of Representatives and unanimously extend ITFA.

Voters will not take kindly to new Internet taxes as some kind of perverse Christmas gift from Congress.”

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WE R HERE is a coalition comprised of small business retailers around the country who are using the Internet and are coming together to ensure government policies are enacted that create a fair marketplace for all types of retail businesses to thrive and innovation to prosper. WE R HERE gives small business online retailers a unified voice, demonstrating to government policy makers and opinion leaders the positive role of online small business retail in the 21st Century economy. The coalition effort mobilizes online retailers to work together to protect them from misguided and predatory laws and regulations that could kill jobs and undermine innovation.

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