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Write your congressman! Stop the Internet tax! Update with Reply

Just wrote my congressman:

Mr Reichert , Im writing today to voice my concern over the Marketplace Fairness Act. I was disappointed as I watched 22 Republicans in the senate vote to raise our taxes. There is nothing fair about this legislation and it flys right in the face of the Commerce Clause in the Constitution. How is it fair that I can go to Oregon and pay no taxes at a brick and mortar store, but pay taxes if I bought from the same store online? Why should a small business in Washington have to comply with thousands of different tax authorities throughout the country?

I am in the process of developing an online business and I am afraid this bill will choke me out of the marketplace. Of course large internet companies like Amazon favor the bill, it would help prevent the next Amazon from coming into existence. Would Jeff Bezos have supported a bill like this when his company was a fledgling book store? No way! But of course he will support it now that the compliance cost does not matter and it would only serve to kill competition. This goes for Wal Mart and all the other major retailers. Tax hikes hurt small businesses, period. How is there is so much support of this bill among republicans!? What do you guys stand for anyway? With a socialist president implementing his "Affordable Care" on us, do we really need more bureaucracy? Enough is enough! Stand up for the small guys, please!

Of course many states support this legislation, it would help them relieve their horrible spending problems. Instead of fiscal responsibility, lets just find a way to tax everyone a little more. The mantra of government. Stop this nonsense, Mr. Reichert. Do not vote Yea for tax increases

Here is the reply I received today:

"Thank you for contacting me to share your views regarding sales tax laws being imposed on electronic transactions. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on this matter and welcome the opportunity to respond.

According to the United States Bureau of the Census, $3.9 trillion worth of retail and wholesale transaction were conducted over the Internet in 2011 – a 13% increase since 2009. Due to the expansion of e-commerce that is not taxes by states or localities, state and local government's tax revenues are in decline. To make up for this lost revenue, many states have proposed taxing out-of-state vendors. The Supreme Court addressed this issue and declared that out-of-state vendors are not required to pay taxes to states where they do not have a physical presence.

As a result, there is currently a debate in Congress over whether to allow states to tax out-state of vendors. Proponents argue that the bill would resolve an inequity between online retailers and brick-and-mortar stores. Opponents are concerned that these new taxes could have serious implications for small businesses engaged in electronic commerce. As you may know, the Senate debated and passed legislation that would allow states to collect taxes on purchases made in the state from out-of-state vendors (S. 743) on May 6, 2013 by a vote of 69-27. This measure is now working its way through the committee process in the House of Representatives. Should this measure or further related legislation come before the House for a full vote, I will be sure to keep your thoughts in mind and give them thorough consideration."

Im not sure why he had to mention that government tax revenue is down right off that bat. Makes me think he is in favor of the legislation. If anyone lives in King county Washington, please write Mr Reichert.

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Awesome letter

Hope you don't mind if I copy and paste and use most of it myself.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine

Go for it, just change the

Go for it, just change the name of the congressman :p


And since he's a democrat, I adjusted a few other things, too. Thank you for letting me use your letter as a template.

"Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice." -- Thomas Paine