Today in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Paul Hodes (D-NH), along with Congressmen Schrader (D-OR), Pitts (R-PA), Lungren (R-CA), and Congresswoman Capito (R-WV), introduced H. Res 1570, a bipartisan resolution supporting the “preservation of Internet Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses.” This resolution expresses the growing opposition to a bill introduced earlier this month by Congressman Delahunt (D-MA), which would impose onerous new tax burdens on small online retailers by requiring the collection and remittance of sales tax for every purchase in every sales tax jurisdiction nationwide. Click here to read more about the resolution and eBay\'s statement.
eBay has been a vocal opponent of Congress\' plan to levy new Internet sales taxes on some of our favorite small business retailers (including eBay sellers and buyers). Since eBay VP Tod Cohen spoke out last week, many other companies and advocacy groups have joined the effort.
Click here to see what organizations and the media are saying about the anti-small business legislation.
Last week, a subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee took an important step forward in strengthening the long-term financial health of the U.S. Postal Service by passing H.R. 5746, the United States Postal Service\'s CSRS Obligation Modification Act of 2010. The bill could provide financial relief to the Postal Service and hopefully to online retailers like eBay sellers and buyers. Click here to read more about the bill and a Sharif Sleiman\'s testimony, Director of Global Procurement at eBay Inc.
A bill before Congress would require online businesses like eBay and its sellers to collect sales taxes — for 45 states and as many as 15,000 local jurisdictions. This is not the time to introduce a new tax. Sign the petition and say NO to new Internet tax burdens.
"The ticket resale market creates opportunities for many more fans to attend an event. For many high-demand events, if you\'re not lucky enough to know someone, hit the initial ticket sale at the right time, or hold season tickets, you are not going to go to the event; unless, of course, you find a ticket on the resale market.” Read more about why “reselling tickets is good” in this Huffington Post article from Chris Tsakalakis, President of StubHub and General Manager of the eBay tickets division.
eBay\'s Tod Cohen, Vice President of Global Government Relations, argues that a streamlined sales tax will unfairly burden small business owners, in a letter to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal. Many small retailers turn to the Internet and sites like eBay as a way to compete with large retailers. Forcing them to comply with tax jurisdictions around the country will add additional costs to running their business. Click here to read Tod\'s letter to the editor.
Craig of Craigslist and other Internet "stars" have teamed up with the Open Internet Coalition to serve as judges for the "America\'s Got Net" video competition. The nationwide contest is seeking small businesses, non-profits and individuals to create short videos to tell policymakers in Washington what the open Internet means to them and why it must be protected. Click here for details.
The Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP) is lobbying Congress to give them the authority to require out of state businesses to collect and remit sales taxes for Internet commerce. This would be complex and costly to small business sellers, who would be responsible for thousands of state and local tax jurisdictions across the country. eBay supports protections for small businesses in any proposal to change federal tax law. Get the facts about SSTP.
Vice President of Government Relations and Deputy General Counsel Tod Cohen addresses some of the critical matters facing the eBay community. Check out the video to hear his views on everything from the latest hot-button issues to how eBay has boosted the world economy.