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Small Businesses React On Amazon.com And Georgia Sales Tax Collection

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Federal legislation still needed to permanently close sales tax loophole

Special to the Journal

Atlanta, GA – Today, small business owners reacted positively to news that online-only retailer Amazon.com will begin collecting the state sales tax on September 1, 2013.

“Last year the state of Georgia led by Republican Governor Nathan Deal and the Republican-led state legislature, ended special treatment for Amazon.com and demanded that they play by the same rules as every other retailer in the Peach State,” said Chris Lowe, owner of Bean Head toys in Sandy Springs. “News that Amazon will begin complying with the law is welcomed news, as it ends special treatment that has given them an unfair advantage over local businesses. Small businesses in Georgia work hard and play by the rules, and its time our online competitors play by the same rules as the rest of us.”

Now, it’s time for Congress to follow our lead and close the online sales tax loophole once and for all to ensure fairness for all Main Street retailers. It’s time for government to stop picking winners and losers with the tax code, and give all of us a fair shot to compete in the free market. Conservative Economist, Dr. Arthur Laffer, said closing the online sales tax loophole and using the revenues to lower other taxes (as Georgia has already begun doing) could result in over 50,000 new jobs and over $15 billion in additional GDP over the next decade in Georgia. This is a model for economic success, where tax loopholes are closed, taxes are lowered and all businesses complete for price without government interference.”

“I hope our Congressional delegation will follow the example set by our Governor and state legislature and restore basic free market competition to Main Street,” said Rick Boyd, President of Chattahoochee Marketing Group in Gainesville. “All we’re asking for is a level playing field.”

Background
“Amazon.com will start collecting sales tax in Georgia beginning Sept. 1, the online retailer confirmed Friday exclusively to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.” (Amazon to start collecting sales tax in Georgia on Sept. 1, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 9, 2013)

“Governor Nathan Deal today signed the comprehensive tax reform bill, HB 386 which included e-fairness as a key provision. Deal recognized early in the session the importance of leveling the playing field for Georgia small business owners requiring online-only retailers to collect sales taxes just like their brick-and-mortar counterparts. As the Governor’s press release stated upon signing the bill into law, passage of e-fairness “broadens the tax base and increases fairness by making online retailers play by the same rules as everyone else.”” (Main Street Applauds Governor Deal For Making E-Fairness Law In Georgia, The Alliance For Main Street Fairness Statement, April 19, 2013)

“According to a study by conservative economist Art Laffer, the Marketplace Fairness Act will help create 50,642 new jobs in Georgia by closing the online sales tax loop and allowing states to lower tax rates.” (The Alliance For Main Street Fairness Info Graphic, Accessed August 11, 2013)

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