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Let's (NOT) Panic About The Online Sales Tax

Rory Rawlings | Posted 08.26.2013 | Small Business
Rory Rawlings

Whether or not you agree with MFA, there is one thing these businesses have right: sales tax IS a pain. There are 11,000 tax jurisdictions in the U.S. alone; each state has its own tax rules; and businesses that don't get it right can face stiff penalties. Trying to manage sales tax in multiple states can be like trying to steal a kiss from the meter maid: it's hard to do and it's risky.

John Celock

State Finances Uncertain

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 06.14.2013 | Politics

State governments are seeing signs of recovery, but continue to face an uncertain economic future, according to a new report released Thursday. Th...

5 Things Small Businesses Need To Know About Online Sales Tax (And Bikinis)

Rory Rawlings | Posted 08.05.2013 | Small Business
Rory Rawlings

The Marketplace Fairness Act could dramatically change sales tax compliance requirements for small businesses that are not preparing today. Whether selling bikinis to starlets or skateboards to CEOs, the smart money is on businesses that prepare now, not later.

Marketplace Fairness Act Has It Backwards

John Conway | Posted 07.29.2013 | Small Business
John Conway

The "Marketplace Fairness Act" is supposed to level the playing field between the traditional brick-and-mortar storefronts of the old economy and the online and catalog sales of the new economy, taking a simple problem and attempts to solve it in the most obtuse and damaging way it could.

Time to End the Internet's Tax-Free Ride

Tom Cochran | Posted 07.28.2013 | Business
Tom Cochran

By leveling the playing field, all businesses will be able compete in a fair and equitable way. Brick and mortar stores will no longer be used as mere showrooms for merchandise that consumers end up purchasing online at a discount because of the absence of a sales tax.

7 Ways the Government Will Affect Your Business Next Year

Gene Marks | Posted 07.24.2013 | Small Business
Gene Marks

IRS shenanigans aside, there are plenty of things being done right now in D.C. that will likely affect your business and mine over the next few years.

Could Online-Sales Tax Moves Hurt Private Retailers' Already-Thin Margins?

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 07.21.2013 | Small Business
Mary Ellen Biery

Privately held retailers are operating with relatively thin profit margins nearly four years after the end of the recession, according to recent data from Sageworks, a financial information company.

Will the Marketplace Fairness Act Affect Your Small Business?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 07.16.2013 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

The Marketplace Fairness Act is supposed to level the playing field between traditional brick and mortar storefronts and online stores. A lot of online stores that were started years ago and are just now beginning to really pick up steam will be hit the hardest.

Why the Internet Sales Tax Increase Is a Dream Crusher for Small Business

Steven Power | Posted 07.08.2013 | Small Business
Steven Power

While the future of the legislation remains uncertain, it's time for our government to take a deeper look into the real impact this legislation will have on the little guys. U.S. small businesses are millions and millions strong and growing at astonishing rates.

Adopt the Marketplace Fairness Act

Edward Zelinsky | Posted 07.08.2013 | Business
Edward Zelinsky

The Marketplace Fairness Act is long overdue. It is neither fair nor efficient to require brick-and-mortar sellers to collect sales taxes while their online and mail order competitors effectively sell sales tax-free.

John Celock

Online Sales Tax Supporters Hope Messaging Wins Over Conservatives

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- While the U.S. Senate on Monday gave overwhelming support to a bill to empower states to collect sales tax on online purchases, chances ...

eBay CEO's Anti-Tax Argument Doesn't Quite Hold Water

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.01.2013 | Business

EBay chief executive John Donohoe is doubling down on claims that a proposal to tax Internet sales would hurt small businesses. The problem is, many s...

Ryan Grim

Senate Battles Over Online Sales Taxes

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Merchants, bankers, small businesses, bizarre coalitions, Dick Durbin and Mike Enzi: The Senate is re-enacting its great swipe fee battl...

John Celock

Online Sales Tax Moves Forward

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 04.22.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is expected to open debate Monday evening on a bill that would allow for the collection of sales taxes on items bought o...

Myths of the Internet Sales Tax Legislation

Gary Shapiro | Posted 06.05.2013 | Business
Gary Shapiro

Some opponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act are falsely calling the measure a new tax, when the bill only requires that Internet retailers collect sales tax already owed by their customers under current law.

John Celock

Senators Back $23.3 Billion Online Sales Tax

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 03.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A measure to allow state and local governments to collect sales taxes from online purchases received key support in the United States Se...

John Celock

States Ask Feds To End 'Uncertainty'

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 01.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Calling for an end to "uncertainty" from the federal government, along with greater flexibility for state governments, the leaders of th...

John Celock

Federal 'Uncertainty' Complicates State Fiscal Picture

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Increased health care spending and uncertainty from the federal government over spending has complicated the fiscal picture for states a...

John Celock

Lawmakers Push Conservative Tax

HuffingtonPost.com | John Celock | Posted 12.05.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The nation's state legislators are spread out across Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon lobbying Congress for the ability to place a sales...

Here's How Much Online Sales Tax Will Cost You

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 08.10.2012 | Money

Prepare to say goodbye to the good old days of tax-free online shopping. A new rule allowing states to collect online sales tax is likely to be passed...

Alice Hines

The Tax Hike Both Parties Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Alice Hines | Posted 12.01.2011 | Business

State governments, pushed to the brink of default, may finally get their way in a battle with Amazon.com. At a congressional hearing Wednesday, repres...