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Countdown to Black Friday: Only  days left for Congress to pass e-Fairness before the 2014 holiday shopping season
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  • Tell Your Community: Alibaba is Coming to Town Congress must pass e-fairness to prevent Alibaba and its hundreds of thousands of China-based retailers from having an unfair advantage over American small businesses when it comes to sales taxes. The threat posed by the lack of e-fairness has never been greater, and the stakes for local retailers have never been higher.

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What is the Alliance for Main Street Fairness?

The Alliance for Main Street Fairness is a coalition dedicated to ensuring sales tax laws treat all businesses equally.

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    It’s time to modernize rules on e-commerce

    The explosion of Internet commerce is a classic example of technology moving faster than government’s ability to regulate it for the common good. Allowing a fringe group of federal legislators to slow that process further only makes matters worse.

    As Inslee says in a letter urging the Washington state congressional delegation to pass MITFA, the bill is a long over-due policy change to modernize rules on e-commerce. And return fairness to the retail marketplace.

    The Main Street Fairness Act isn’t about Amazon

    Everyone seems to think that online sales tax collection is about large online companies, like Amazon, trying to crush small online businesses.

    My experience as a small business owner has been exactly the opposite. State efforts at online sales tax collection have made it much, much easier to run my small business.

    Lawmaker impedes state businesses

    A measure that promotes free enterprise, increases competition and strengthens Main Street businesses would ordinarily be a no-brainer for Congress.

    In fact, dozens of business and trade groups, big and small, have swung their weight behind the Marketplace Fairness Act, helping it to sail through the Senate with bipartisan support.

    Rise in gas tax fuels Goodlattes interests

    In the 2013-14 cycle, the congressman received nearly $147,000 from high-tech donors - his second-highest business sector, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. From 1991 to 2014, the total was more than $600,000.

    By preventing the Marketplace Fairness Act from even receiving a vote, Goodlatte is clearly protecting those donors - not brick-and-mortar businesses, not Virginians, and not residents of states who have to make up for that lost revenue.

    Va. gas tax hike likely as Internet tax bill stall

    The U.S. Senate passed such a bill in May 2013 by a vote of 69-27. The legislation, called the Marketplace Fairness Act, has remained stuck in a House committee controlled by Rep. Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Roanoke.

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Rep. Scott Rigell Tells Fox Business Why He Supports the Marketplace Fairness Act

eBay vs. Main Street: Who is eBay fighting for?

AMSF Business Owner Anna Brumby Explains Why It's Time To Level The Playing Field

AMSF members explain what the Marketplace Fairness Act means to them

FOX 43 (PA): Camp Hill Business Owner Spekaing Out for Mom and Pop Shops

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