August 17, 2012
Earlier this week, U.S. News and World Report launched an article that outlines the debate over whether retailers should be required to collect and remit sales taxes for items they sell to out-of-state buyers. The article explains that legislation has been introduced in Congress to change the way businesses handle out-of-state sales by requiring them to collect sales taxes even if they don’t have physical presence in their buyer’s state.
The article asks readers to weigh in on different viewpoints by voting it up or down to indicate whether readers agree or disagree with the different arguments around this issue.
eBay Inc. has long believed that any law to impose new sales tax burdens on Internet retailers should include protections for small businesses. Small business protections would ensure that American entrepreneurs – including Internet-only and brick and mortar stores that have an Internet presence – can grow their operations without being saddled with extensive sales tax requirements that would jeopardize their ability to compete and grow.
Please visit U.S. News and World Reports’s website to read the arguments and weigh in on the debate.