Main Street and eBay Retailers Want E-Fairness Legislation To Level The Playing Field

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Small Business Owners and Members of the Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) React To New Claims From eBay

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At the end of the day, I will gladly collect and remit sales tax for all purchases if it means a level playing field for Main Street retailers.

In response to the launch of “WE R HERE,” a coalition funded by eBay to preserve special treatment for online-only retailers, small business members of the Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) are highlighting the need for a level playing field that ensures all retailers, online and on Main Street, play by the same rules.

“I have a brick and mortar store and sell through other channels like eBay, Amazon and our own ecommerce website. Today, I am only required to collect online sales tax for Oklahoma, but collecting sales taxes for all online purchases does not worry me at all,” said Stephen Fuhrman, owner of A Cleaner Place in Oklahoma City, OK. “If e-fairness legislation passes, I would simply purchase an upgrade for my website software that costs $800. This software requires minimal setup and would handle all of the sales tax transactions made by out of state customers. At the end of the day, I will gladly collect and remit sales tax for all purchases if it means a level playing field for Main Street retailers.”

"I’m a Main Street retailer with locations in Pennsylvania and New York and I also sell online through eBay. eBay's misrepresentation of small business owners like me is disappointing,” said Peter Sides, President of Robert M. Sides Family Music Center. “We need to level the playing field for all retailers including those who sell through eBay. No retailer should have a government sanctioned leg up over another."

“Each and every day at Marshall Music we collect and remit Michigan sales tax on items sold in our stores and online on websites like eBay," said Dan Marshall, whose business has seven locations in Michigan. “I’m disappointed eBay is misrepresenting the small business owners like me who have stores on Main Street but also sell online. I would gladly collect and remit sales taxes for all my sales made through eBay if it meant a level playing field for everyone.”

Conservative governors across the country, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, are also calling on Congress to pass e-fairness legislation. These leaders agree that the Marketplace Fairness Act and Marketplace Equity Act would simplify online sales tax collection and restore a true free market by leveling the playing field for all retailers. Both bills also have strong bipartisan support – the Marketplace Equity Act in the U.S. House currently has 54 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle.

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