Apparently eBay wants to spread the word that it opposes
an Internet sales tax. I wrote my eCommerce Times Legal Column recently about
Internet sales taxes entitled "Sales Taxes on the
Internet: Is This the Year We'll Pay?" I suspect that as a result of my
Column, eBay's PR firm sent me the following email with a list of quotes in
opposition to an Internet sales tax:
Opposes Legislation Imposing New Taxes and Regulatory Burdens on Small Online
Bieron, Senior Director, Federal Government Relations and Global Public Policy
at eBay Inc., made the following statement upon the introduction of 'Main Street Fairness
Act' bills by Senator Durbin (D-IL) and Representative Conyers (D-MI).
collection of state tax commissioners have again been able to get an outdated Internet
sales tax bill introduced in Congress, but we are confident that it will be
rejected because it would harm small Internet retailers. Better policy is
reflected by H.Res. 95 from Congressman Dan Lungren (R-CA) and Congresswoman
Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) with 27 bipartisan co-sponsors, which says that Congress
won't give states 'the authority to impose unfair tax collecting requirements
on small online businesses.'
giant retailers jockeying for new Internet sales taxes have national store
networks that they combine with their major online sales platforms, a business
model they know brings some tax collection duties. Forcing small businesses to
take on the same costs and tax burdens as national retail businesses is
unrealistic, unfair and will unbalance the playing field between giant
retailers and small business retailers on the Internet."
The heat is on, so stay tuned for a
hot summer and war against the Internet sales tax.
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