Calling Foul on the Marketplace Fairness Act
Proponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act—which would enable states to collect sales tax on Internet vendors—have had very little difficulty getting the word out about why this legislation should become law. Well-connected big-box retailers, venture-funded tax service companies and Amazon.com certainly have the budgets to run an excellent PR campaign for passage of this bill. Lost in this lobbying shuffle are a large number of businesses who will be severely hurt or even put out of business by this ill-conceived bill.
I'm the owner of Chefsresource.com, an online retailer of gourmet kitchen items for the past 14 years. We're a family-run business with a fairly small number of core employees who handle all aspects of our online business. We're located in California and collect sales tax for our California shipments.
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