Entrepreneur Says Internet Sales Tax will Hurt His Small Business

Catesby Jones is worried about his small business. The Internet has given his company, Peace Frogs, an outlet to offer goods and services to customers. But that will be put at risk if Congress passes the Internet sales tax.

In a post at The Foundry, Jones explains that the Internet sales tax bill currently working its way through Congress is an attack being pushed by large corporations on his and other small businesses:

By reaching out to a worldwide base of customers, companies in rural parts like ours can thrive and have a much bigger presence than they otherwise would through traditional sales.

This is why I’m incredibly concerned about the Internet sales tax that’s being debated in Washington.

It’s an attack on small businesses like mine. If you look at who’s lining up for and against the misnamed Marketplace Fairness Act, mostly large corporations are beating up on us small guys. They have the lobbyists, they have the muscle, and they have what it takes to impose burdensome regulations on online entrepreneurs.
The Internet offers the best opportunity for Gloucester natives to come home and operate a business. There aren’t many other enterprise vehicles that allow this type of flexible marketplace. But an Internet sales tax would threaten the well-being of my family and my employees’ families and result in higher costs for my customers.

Proponents of the Internet sales tax want to make me a tax collector for 9,646 tax jurisdictions. Their misguided efforts could make Peace Frogs at risk for audits by 46 states, the District of Columbia and countless other U.S. territories.

There’s no way around it — the so-called “Marketplace Fairness Act” is one of the most fundamentally anti-business pieces of legislation to come up in Congress in the last few years. It imposes a significant regulatory burden on businesses that will, at the very least, cause them to raise prices on goods and services. At the very worst, the bill will drive many entrepreneurs out of business.

You can learn more about Jones and his business in the video below:

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