Catalogers Speak Out Against Marketplace Fairness Act

Aug 21, 2013 7:35 AM  By

A link to the above video was posted to our LinkedIn group yesterday. It features 11 executives from B2C, B2B and order fulfillment companies, and their reasons why the Marketplace Fairness Act would be a burden to their companies – and to their customers.

The video was produced for The True Simplification of Taxation (TruST) Coalition, which, according to its website, “represents American businesses in the fight to keep interstate commerce and competition free from unfair tax burdens imposed by states where our businesses have no operations or representation.”

Led by the American Catalog Mailers Association (ACMA), Direct Marketing Association (DMA), the Electronic Retailing Association (ERA), and NetChoice, TruST believes that Congress should not overturn the physical presence standard in Quill without first requiring by statute the simplification of sales and use taxes within the States as well as simplification of the administrative requirements for collection and auditing of those taxes.

How do you feel about the Marketplace Fairness Act? lease share your opinion in the comments section below.

  • Internet Sales Tax

    On June 28, 2013, Steve Womack (the LEAD sponsor of the MFA) issued a press release stating the following:

    “Today, in the state of Arkansas, if you buy something online and the retailer does not collect the sales tax, current state law requires you to pay that tax to the
    state yourself. That’s the law! As a consumer, it is your responsibility to make sure that you have paid it. And every year, you are supposed to get a form from the state, calculate the tax, and send in a check for the amount you owe. That’s confusing and burdensome, and let’s be honest, even though not doing so is tax evasion, very few people are going to save up receipts all year to send in their unpaid sales tax.”

    Challenge to ALL U.S. Congressman

    Please prove to your constituents and the U.S. taxpayers that your family’s have paid all of the “use taxes” you owed to each of your states for the last seven years. The statute of limitations on retention of tax records requires that you keep the records for 7 years.

    As Steve Womack’s motto shows, “Lead by Example/Lead from the Front.” As our elected lawmakers your held to a higher standard then the general public. Please disclose this information.

    • Paul Miller

      Might I ask who posted this quote from Rep. Womack and what exactly is your motive here? Maybe I’m just dumb, but I’m complete confused.

      • Internet Sales Tax

        I posted it. The Internet Sales Tax has to do with uncollected “use tax” and a money grab by politicians. Congressman Steve Womack is the one who put this legislation together for Walmart’s benefit. If you do some research you will find that he met with Walmart’s officials and they directed him put the legislation together to help their bottom line. I am calling him out. He says it is tax evasion to not to report your use tax on remote purchases to your state. I want him to prove that he is not a tax evader. It is possible that he failed to report his “use tax” to Arkansas. If he has nothing to hide then he should be happy to disclose it. If he wants to propose legislation (the Marketplace Fairness Act) he should be willing to prove that he himself is not cheating the system that he is trying to enforce.

        I faxed a similiar letter to all of the Judiciary Committee Congressman yesterday.

        • Paul Miller

          That’s terrific, and now that I have a better understanding, I’m happy to hear that. But you’ve still not ID’d yourself beyond simply calling yourself “Internet Sales Tax.” Feel free to contact me directly if you prefer – I can be found on LinkedIn.

          • Internet Sales Tax

            Alot of Paul Millers on Linkedin. My name is Thomas Carlson. My website would be ThomasCarlson with a dot org at the end.

          • Internet Sales Tax

            Just found you on Facebook. I sent you a message.

          • Paul Miller

            Oh – I found your website and emailed you directly.