WE R HERE Participates In Capitol Hill Press Conference, Highlights Unfairness Of Marketplace Fairness Act

 Washington, DC - WE R HERE Executive Director and tax fairness advocate Phil Bond today released the following statement after participating in a Capitol Hill press conference highlighting Congressional opposition to the Marketplace Fairness Act.

 “Today’s press conference is a reminder of the growing opposition to the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act both from members of Congress and from taxpayer advocates,” said Bond. “Senators Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Congressman Steve Daines, and their colleagues in both chambers and both parties, know that the Senate’s Marketplace Fairness Act is fundamentally unfair, and represents a massive new regulatory burden for thousands of small online retailers in every state and Congressional district. As these retailers and others struggle to keep their doors open, the last thing Congress should do is undermine them with the prospect of multiple audits from state and local tax collectors that have been set loose on the Internet. The Senate’s approach will take fifteen cents out of every dollar small online retailers and require them to submit taxes to states in which they don’t live, work or have any presence.”

 “More than that, the proposal passed by the Senate – over the principled opposition of outstanding leaders like Senators Paul, Cruz, and their colleague from across the aisle, Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon –treats the smallest retailers as if they were massive multinational corporations, penalizes the most innovative among us, small, web-enabled entrepreneurs, and could even shift jobs away from America.

 “WE R HERE applauds members of Congress for their principled opposition to the Marketplace Fairness Act, and we hope they will continue their fight to protect small businesses from this unfair tax.”

 Participating members included Senators Rand Paul (KY) and Ted Cruz (TX) as well as Congressmen Steve Daines (MT-AL), Thomas Massie (KY-04), Ron DeSantis (FL-06), and John Fleming (LA-04). Other participants included Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, Mike Needham, Chief Executive Office for Heritage Action for America, and Governor Jim Gilmore, President of the Free Congress Foundation.