Op-Ed: Congress Should Help Small Businesses
As the executive director of WE R HERE, a coalition of small web-enabled retailers, I'm disappointed with your editorial supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA).
Small online retailers provide jobs, pay local taxes, and compete with mega-retailers like Walmart and Amazon. The last thing we should do is saddle them with a new anti-Internet law like the MFA that would effectively tilt the playing field to favor big companies by requiring tiny companies to face regulatory and audit risk from almost 10,000 different taxing jurisdictions.
The real threat to small, brick and mortar stores are the Walmarts and Amazons of the world -- not small Web retailers. Small brick-and-mortar companies should embrace the Internet as consumers have rather than trying to resist it through protectionist legislation like the MFA.