Internet sales tax would deal killing blow to small businesses

 

Georgia’s U.S. senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, voted another tax increase for us.

As with names given to so many bills in Washington, D.C., the Marketplace Fairness Act is deceptive. There is little “fair” about this act.

For those who haven’t been following this, it is referred to as the “Internet sales tax.” If passed into law, it will mean that Internet businesses will be required to collect sales taxes from their customers for the state/county that customer lives in, even if that business is not in that state.

 

IN AN E-NEWSLETTER sent out by Isakson, he wrote, “This is not a new tax.” This is twisted Washington logic. Anytime a tax is imposed where there was none before, it is a new tax.

People often speak about the importance of the separation of church and state. Just as important would be if we felt the same about the separation of business and state.

It is common knowledge that lobbying is lucrative in Washington. Almost all lobbyists work for the interest of big business. Therefore many, if not most, of the laws passed by Congress are those pushed in the interest of those businesses and not citizen/consumers.

The Marketplace Fairness Act is just another example of big business leveraging the federal government to gain an advantage over its smaller competitors, to the detriment of consumers.

Businesses have engaged in mail-order sales in this country since before states had sales taxes. Internet sales are simply the modern method of doing the same. Why was Sears (just one example) not pushing this before? Obviously, it is because Sears didn’t have thousands of little competitors before.

It is bad enough that we have to worry about new federal taxes coming out of Congress. Now we have Congress doing the business of states as well?

A business in Georgia should not be required to collect taxes for any other state. Unless a business has a presence and a vested interest in a state, it should be unlawful for that state to require them to collect their taxes.

 

SMALL BUSINESSES will be hurt or put out of business by the burden of these added regulations. Unlike the huge corporations with accounting staffs and tax lawyers, few small businesses have the resources to collect and submit taxes to 9,600 different jurisdictions, in addition to facing possible audits by the same.

Five states currently do not have sales taxes. If you went to Delaware to make a purchase, you will not pay sales tax. If you order from the same business via the Internet, you will.

Concerning advantages and fairness: Most every business has one advantage or another over other businesses. That is how
business works. If you do not
have some advantage over your competitor, you will soon disappear. The advantage could be lower prices; better products or
services; lower manufacturing cost; better customer service; and so on.

While those pushing for this bill cite an advantage online retailers have over brick-and-mortar businesses, brick-and-mortar businesses don’t have to add $15 to $95 in shipping costs to every item they sell. How about a “Shipping Cost Fairness Act” for online businesses? This country needs to get out of this “fairness” mind-set we’ve gotten into. It is killing this country.

This bill is wrong on so many levels, but to impose it now, with the current state of our economy, is destructive. It is bad for businesses. It is bad for consumers. It will kill jobs.

Hopefully the House will reject this and that will be the end of it – until next time.

 

IN THE MEANTIME, Chambliss has announced that he will not
run again. Isakson will be up
for re-election in 2016. Both of these gentlemen need to be replaced with real conservative
candidates who care more about their constituents than they do big business and government bureaucrats.

Payroll taxes just went up in January. Additional huge taxes/fines for the Affordable Care Act are coming in a matter of months. We don’t need this, too!

 

(The writer is a small-business owner in Hephzibah.)

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