USA TODAY has come out clearly in support of small businesses in a glowing article today by Rhonda Abrams. Our favorite part:
…it’s absolutely, positively time to level the playing field. It’s time to collect tax on all products sold over the Internet, regardless of where the goods come from or where the company making the sale is located.
Ms. Abrams presents a stark comparison of the various options a consumer has when purchasing a hammer:
- Walk to my local hardware store. Pay sales tax.
- Drive to a hardware big box store, such as Lowe’s. Pay sales tax.
- Buy online from a company that has a presence in my state — let’s say Target.com. Pay sales tax.
- Buy online from a company that doesn’t have an obvious presence in my state — let’s say Amazon.com. Yippee! No sales tax.
Ms. Abrams even recognizes that sales tax calculation can be done as part of the checkout process “with slightly more sophisticated shopping cart software.” Clearly, we agree—and TaxCloud is already available to do exactly that, and it is completely free.
Oddly, Ms Abrams does not really seem to understand how the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement operates, nor how the anticipated Main Street Fairness Act will work—we will reach out to her to explain these two important aspects.