H.R.5660 - Main Street Fairness Act

To promote simplification and fairness in the administration and collection of sales and use taxes, and for other purposes. view all titles (3)

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  • Official: To promote simplification and fairness in the administration and collection of sales and use taxes, and for other purposes. as introduced.
  • Popular: Main Street Fairness Act as introduced.
  • Short: Main Street Fairness Act as introduced.

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buckley393 06/06/2011 12:16am
in reply to krk Feb 24, 2011 10:29am

Thank you for your insightful comments!

buckley393 06/06/2011 12:15am

My husband and I own two brick and mortar stores. Amazon and other internet giants literally take money out of our pockets. We work long, hard hours and are often dismissed so a customer can save the sales tax online. After spending hours with a customer, we have them then tell us “thanks, we are just looking.” We know people use our knowledge and take it to Amazon and similar online stores to do their purchase so they can save the 5 – 10% sales tax. On large purchases, it does equate sometimes to $50-$100. If this bill is not passed soon, my husband and I will have no choice but to close our two stores that employ 30 people and pay over $20,000/month in sales tax to our state. It is unfair and needs to be changed. Those who have commented otherwise have no first hand experience. Why should I have to pay sales tax to the state but online retailers not pay a dime? Oh, and it’s not an additional tax. This is a tax EVERYONE should be already be paying but no one rarely does.

SEC2AUX 04/13/2011 11:34am

NO MORE TAXES!!! How hard is that to understand? The deficit is a spending problem, not a revenue problem. There is nothing fair about spending more than you make. I do not want to ever hear the word “tax” again until the budget is balanced.

krk 02/24/2011 10:29am

The issue is whether out-of-state online merchants should be a favored class of merchants exempted from the task of collecting the consumption tax aka Sales Tax like their fellow in-state competitors. And, should certain net savvy cosumers be able to avoid paying their consumption tax simply by buying from an out-of-state merchant?

All consumers should get more bang for their buck and the rewards should go to the businesses which sell for less as a result of their superior business practices and not inequitable government regulations.

The current state of affairs presents a competitive handicap to in-state businesses with its own negative consequences to the community in terms of jobs and growth and offends our ideals of fair and level playing field for doing business.

Plugging such corrupting loopholes will allow the business ecosystem of free, fair and level playing field to flourish, bring back jobs and vibrancy to main street retail and much needed revenues to the state.

briansenjem 01/24/2011 11:42am

This Act is very bad for small businesses. It will make it next to impossible for small businesses to have an Internet-based presence. I’m an accountant and it is already costly and time consuming for small businesses who are only in one locale (your typical brick-and-mortar) to comply with the sales tax collection, calculating, reporting, and sending payment. If you add sales tax collection for every place you sell something, it will take a lot of people time, plus sophisticated, expensive technology to track, calculate, report, and send payments. Only mid-size and large businesses will be able to afford this. Believe me, the technology is not there for small businesses. We have trouble with this the way it is currently. I have friends and clients who wouldn’t be able to sell on the Internet. Maybe in the future if the states get their act together with better technology and streamline the process and number of taxes (there are many sales taxes per area), then this might be feasible.

stenrw 10/28/2010 5:14am

First mswift: HR5660 in no way takes money out of small business or the middle class. The Main Street Fairness Act addresses the simple issue that American’s can not be trusted. Each one of us when purchasing goods out of state via the internet are required to pay the use tax to the states we reside on our state tax returns. The Main Street Fairness Act simply makes more efficient the collection of sales and use taxes already due. Second, new Certified Service Providers, such as Fed-TAx.net’s Tax Cloud Service, actually save small business money through their efficient online service negating the need for additional accounting hours to remit sales and use taxes collected in approved streamline states. This should also address coloyan’s concerns listed above.

Our consumptive based tax system was working wonderfully until the serious onset of internet purchases. It is time for all American’s to become Patriots instead of thieves supporting education and so much more. more later…

mswift 08/12/2010 7:59am

Yeah but your local business now have to use the internet to make sales. And with the generated internet revenue they employ people, pay taxes, which effects the big picture in a positive way. This is just another tax to take more money out of small business and the middle class.

maryolds 07/30/2010 11:08am
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States have lost billions in tax dollars because of sales through the internet. Not only does this act help local stores competing with on-line sellers (big and little) it also provides much needed tax dollars to support the service we have all come to expect from our local and state governments.

dbrown35 07/29/2010 12:51pm
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Actually it is a good idea. You will be supporting your local economy, cities and schools will have more funding. Some of you local small businesses may stay afloat because people will start shopping with them again. Think about how this affects the larger picture, not on how it affects you accumulating more “stuff”.

coloyan 07/28/2010 7:55pm

All the problems we have right now and they want to go after sales tax for online shopping? Brilliant, let’s see if we can get people to spend even less!


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