Every August Forbes contributor Kelly Phillips Erb, who writes the TaxGirl blog, asks her readers to send in guest posts to be published while she’s on vacation.
This year she provided three topics for guest posts, including “Is it fair to require online retailers to collect and remit state sales tax?”
Sten R. Wilson has contributed a post on that topic titled “Why I support the Marketplace Fairness Act.” In it, Wilson, owner of a sheep farm in upstate New York, explains that for him, collecting sales tax has been made much easier by states’ simplification of sales tax laws (through the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement) and by automated sales tax management services.
He supports the Marketplace Fairness Act because it provides incentive for states to simplify their sales tax laws:
The combination of today’s freely available technology and states’ simplification efforts is a great benefit for small businesses like mine. It eliminates bureaucracy, promotes efficiency, and increases productivity and profitability. It makes dealing with sales tax much, much easier for small business owners.
Passage of S.1832 the Marketplace Fairness Act will prompt all states to simplify their sales tax laws. Therefore, I support the Marketplace Fairness Act.
We sincerely agree! Wilson’s perspective as a small business owner is an important one in the online sales tax collection debate, and one that we haven’t seen enough in the media. The post is definitely worth a look.