|Tue Nov 10 2015 21:07:06|
The Anti-eBay Sales Tax Bill?
By: Ina Steiner
Does it make sense that an online merchant who makes sales of $10 million should be exempt from collecting online sales tax for out-of-state transactions while a seller on eBay who sells $1,000 worth of items should have to collect taxes on sales to customers in any and all states?
The Marketplace Fairness Act has failed to pass thus far, but a new bill, the Remote Transactions Parity Act of 2015 (RTPA) is slowly build momentum, according to eBay, "driven primarily by aggressive pleas from home state officials and brick and mortar retailers."
calls the RTPA bill worse than the MFA, and Etsy
is also against the bill.
Just because you sell online doesn't mean you're against the notion of online sales tax - many of you operate brick-and-mortar businesses as well as selling online. But disqualifying sellers who sell on "electronic marketplaces" from a small-business exemption makes no sense and smacks of an agenda.
Could the RTPA be anything but devastating to small online sellers - and not just on eBay, but on Bonanza, Etsy, Amazon, eCrater, eBid, etc.?