Letter: 'Marketplace Fairness' threatens small e-tailers

As the owner of a small Virginia e-retailer, and the Commonwealth Chapter president for the WE R HERE Coalition, I was frustrated with the Times editorial board’s recent column on the Marketplace Fairness Act ("Tax cheats on the 'net," Aug. 27 editorial).

The “countless localities” with separate tax codes that the Times refers to is actually more like 10,000 – each of which, as a small e-retailer, I’ll have to comply with. If I don’t, I could be pummeled with audits, from places where I have no presence, no representation and no government services.

For a business like mine, the mere threat of all of these massive compliance burdens could make me question whether I should even be in business, or whether it’s easier and safer just to call it a day.


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