BrickHouse Security CEO Todd Morris Meets with Congress, Presents a Proposal to Make the ‘Marketplace Fairness Act’ More Fair for Small Business and the American Consumer

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In an open letter to Congress, Morris also challenges U.S. Government to prove the pending legislation is viable.

The current proposal is neither fair nor reasonable. It is an unfunded mandate that places the burden of an overly complex tax system on the shoulders of small business owners.

BrickHouse Security announced that its CEO and Founder Todd Morris will be meeting with members of Congress in Washington this week, where he’ll be delivering a proposal to make the pending Marketplace Fairness Act more fair for small business and American consumers.

Morris will also be personally delivering a challenge to the U.S. government: Prove the pending legislation is viable for small business.

In an open letter to Congress released yesterday, Morris writes, “The current proposal is neither fair nor reasonable. It is an unfunded mandate that places the burden of an overly complex tax system on the shoulders of small business owners. This will force many small businesses to close their doors or dramatically scale back their growth plans.”

The legislation in its current form requires small businesses to collect and remit sales tax for 46 states and over 9,600 individual taxing districts.

Morris, who founded BrickHouse Security seven years ago, continues, “If the federal government really wants to get involved in enforcing state tax laws across borders, I’d like to offer a plan that will have the desired effect -- more sales tax collected for state and local governments -- without threatening the financial solvency of already strapped small business owners like myself and tens of thousands of others across the United States.”

The Proposal

Morris sums up his plan in three sentences:

There should be one single, easy-to-collect tax rate for all Internet sales.

All sales tax receipts should be sent to one centralized location.

Sales tax should be distributed to the states by one federal agency, which would have sole responsibility for enforcement.

“If the federal government judges it to be too complex or costly to manage sales tax collection and disbursement among the states with a single rate, how is it fair to saddle small business owners with that responsibility for 9,600 rates?” Morris asks in his letter. “The law should be simple enough that any business of any size can comply with the requirements without undue burden.”

The Challenge

“I challenge the U.S. government to prove how easy it is to implement its current proposal,” Morris adds. “The U.S. Mint, which operates an ecommerce site (catalog.usmint.gov), should be required to spend one year implementing, collecting and distributing sales tax for all states and all 9,600 taxing districts, then report back to Congress on the actual cost in dollars and hours necessary to comply with the proposed law.

“It would also be fair to ask the Treasury Department why it is not yet collecting sales tax on its website. I assume the Treasury Department has offices and employees in at least some of the states in which catalog.usmint.gov has customers.”

Morris’s letter, the full text of which is available on the BrickHouse Security blog, shines a light on the many significant issues the Marketplace Fairness Act creates for small business.

“For the collective health of small businesses across the country and the U.S. Economy as a whole, I urge Congress to rewrite its proposed Internet taxation legislation to include a single, easy-to-administer tax rate and the means to collect it,” he concludes.

“Remove the unfunded mandate and craft a fair and sensible bill that serves the common good rather than serving a few mega-corporations that would like to see less choice for the American consumer.”

About BrickHouse Security

BrickHouse Security is a premier supplier of security and surveillance solutions to consumers and businesses of all sizes, including approximately half of the Fortune 500 and more than 500 local and national government agencies. The company also supplies solutions to the NYPD, the LA County Sheriffs Department and the FBI, among others. The company and its products have recently appeared on the CBS Early Show, NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and CNN, and have been featured by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and many other news organizations. BrickHouse serves a diverse global client base and is headquartered in New York City, where it operates a retail showroom and its customer care center. Phone: 646.253.9133; email: press(at)brickhousesecurity(dot)com;

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