Yesterday eBay Seller Cori O’Steen, owner of UPakNShip (based in South Carolina and California) participated in a hearing entitled, “Targeted Tax Reform: Solutions to Relieve the Tax Compliance Burden(s) for America’s Small Businesses.” Throughout the hearing Ms. O’Steen testified about the tax compliance burdens of her company, and how the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) creates cumbersome tax burdens for small businesses all across the country. She encouraged members to reduce these unnecessary tax compliance burdens, and to oppose the MFA as it would restrict the growth of businesses like hers, which utilize the internet for expansion and development.
Ms. O’Steen and two other small business representatives then fielded questions from various Senators on the issue. Senator Shaheen (D-NH) and Senator Ayotte (R-NH) both agreed with Cori’s criticisms of the MFA, while highlighting the belief that tax compliance software would not help small businesses remit across platforms, and that small businesses should not be forced to become tax collectors for almost 10,000 taxing jurisdictions around the country. eBay thanks Ms. O’Steen and Senators Shaheen and Ayotte for their continued support of small, internet-enabled businesses.