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A group of U.S. senators have offered a nonbinding amendment to a fiscal year 2014 budget resolution allowing states to collect sales taxes on Internet sales and end the tax-free shopping that many shoppers enjoy online.

The Internet has given anyone with the power of an idea the opportunity to launch a small business that can reach customers from coast to coast – driving growth, creating jobs, and empowering small business owners. But where some see progress, tax collectors see opportunity.

Proponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act are pushing to have an amendment to the Senate Budget Resolution. In response to Senator Mike Enzi (R-WY) introducing the amendment, Phil Bond, executive director of the WE R HERE coalition, released the following statement.

Phil Bond, Executive Director of the WE R HERE Coalition responds to former Small Business Administration administrator Hector Baretto claims.

With a potential budget amendment vote looming in the United States Senate on empty language designed by big-box retailers to grease the skids for Internet sales tax legislation, the WE R HERE coalition has activated its membership of 10,000 small online retailers to contact their senators

We R Here Coalition Executive Director, Phil Bond, appeared on the Huffington Post’s HuffPost Live program on Thursday, March 7, to discuss Internet sales taxes as part of a “Google Hangout” panel.

Our thoughts on Christopher Bedford’s article in the Daily Caller: How Politicians are Planning the Return of Taxation without Representation

We have gathered just a few of our friends who oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act. Together, we hope to defeat this unfair legislation in 2013.

The prospect of having to deal with state-by-state sales tax collection for Internet transactions is a “nightmare” for Colleen Rast of Great Sky Gifts of Kalispell.

Advocates of online sales tax legislation are worried that their bill could become bogged down in the larger debate over reforming the federal tax code.