Tell Congress To Oppose The Remote Transaction Parity Act
You thought it was gone, but The Marketplace "Fairness" Act is back in the form of Rep. Jason Chaffetz's "Remote Transaction Parity Act of 2015". It's a thinly veiled copy of the MFA that, just like MFA before it, will crush thousands of small businesses -- the engine that produces American jobs. Chaffetz's bill would create the same internet sales tax collection regulations and rules as MFA would have, resulting in the same unfair burdens for online sellers…all at the behest of the big box stores' high paid lobbyists. This is a pivotal battle for thousands of small businesses who sell online and for the millions of consumers they serve. Write your members of Congress and urge them to oppose Rep Chaffetz's "Remote Transaction Parity Act", and instead support small businesses and protect them from death by regulation. If we allow state auditors to roam the internet and regulate companies outside their state, it will destroy thousands of small companies and reduce competition for the mega-companies like Amazon and Walmart. We can't let that happen.
Send the letter below to your Representative
The legislative proposal put forward by Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz known as the Remote Transaction Parity Act (RTPA) threatens to unfairly harm small online businesses around our state and across country. Essentially Congressman Chaffetz has drafted his own version of the misleadingly titled Marketplace Fairness Act, or MFA. His bill would impose new taxes and regulations on online businesses like mine, and on our customers. The result would be to harm our economy and adversely impact the jobs small online businesses create.
As your constituent and an online business owner, I am extremely concerned about this bill. As would have been the case with MFA, this bill would subject thousands of small companies, many with operations in only one state, to new tax collection, reporting, and remittance requirements for all 46 states that impose a sales tax, along with the accompanying new regulations and audits. Last year the House wisely rejected this type of new Internet taxation, recognizing it as burdensome, economically damaging, and a political gift to big box stores whose main goals was and remains to crush competition from online retailers.
Regardless of what you may hear, Rep. Chaffetz's proposal is a reconstruction of the Marketplace Fairness Act. I believe Congress should go back to the drawing board and craft an equitable legislative solution based on the seven principles House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte released in 2013. If some legislation must be passed, then please ensure that it complies with the commonsense principles put forward by Chairman Goodlatte.
Please stand against this and similar bills like it by not signing on as a co-sponsor, and should it come to a vote, stand with consumers and small online business owners and VOTE NO!