PublishedNovember 2, 2011

Senate Introduces Resolution Opposing More Online Sales Tax Legislation

The Computer & Communications Industry Association applauds Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and his co-sponsors, Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-NH, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Sen. Mark Begich, D-AK, for introducing S. Res. 309, a bipartisan resolution opposing any Congressional legislation granting state governments authority to impose new burdensome or unfair tax collecting requirements on small Internet businesses and entrepreneurs.

CCIA commends Sen. Wyden and his colleagues for recognizing that small businesses are the engine of our economy, and how important the continuing development of e-commerce is to our economic growth.

The following statement can be attributed to CCIA President & CEO Ed Black:

“Innovation and entrepreneurship have always been the drivers of our economic growth. It is counterproductive to add to the administrative burdens of small businesses at the very moment we need them growing and leading our economic recovery.

“E-commerce is an innovation that has enabled businesses to broaden their scope beyond traditional geographical limitations. Allowing states to impose geographically-based taxation collection requirements on e-commerce businesses would re-impose the very limitations that innovation has enabled them to overcome.

“It is extremely heartening to know that there are those in the Senate, as well as the House, who are willing to stand up in support of innovation and entrepreneurship against retrogressive measures that would draft online vendors into service as remote sales tax collectors.”

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