Dear [Senator and Assembly member],
As your constituent, I write to request that you reject a provision in the New York State budget (Part BB of S.2009/A.3009) that would stifle small business growth and hurt consumers. This provision of the budget will shift regulatory and sales tax compliance burdens to online marketplaces, increasing costs to users like myself and undermining the very business model that allows these platforms to provide low-cost services and opportunities to New Yorkers.
The unintended consequences of this legislation will be significant. It will create barriers to new jobs and in-state investments, penalize marketplaces that choose to remain in New York, and likely encourage a patchwork of state laws causing unwieldy and cumbersome audit and compliance burdens for marketplaces and the small businesses that operate on their platforms.
Since New York would be the only state in the country to impose these anti-Internet policies, I have strong concerns that companies will reconsider their investment in New York and take much-needed jobs with them.
Simply put, this proposal adds new taxes to transactions that often involve the very smallest businesses possible, including artisans, rural Mom and Pop retailers, and consumers using the Internet to resell goods to promote a Green Economy. Penalizing these positive Internet commerce applications, which are strongly enabled by online marketplaces, is bad for our economy and bad for New Yorkers who support economic opportunities for everyone.
I respectfully urge you to reject Part BB of S.2009/A.3009 of the New York State budget, and work with New York businesses to advocate for Internet and tax policies that support all small businesses, artisans and entrepreneurs.
Thank you for your support of New York consumers and businesses.