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Letter to House Speaker John Boehner - Internet Sales Tax Bad for New Hampshire Small Businesses

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Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) today reiterated her opposition to the Internet sales tax legislation that is advancing through the U.S. Senate this week. In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Kuster said that the Marketplace Fairness Act would impose overly-burdensome tax collection requirements on New Hampshire's small businesses.

"As you know, [the Marketplace Fairness Act] would allow states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes on behalf of over 9,000 taxing jurisdictions nationwide," Kuster wrote. "Before the House of Representatives acts on this proposal, I urge you to consider the adverse impact it would have on the online entrepreneurs who are innovating, creating jobs, driving economic growth, and expanding opportunity for the American people."

"Instead of needlessly saddling these firms with onerous rules and paperwork, I am hopeful Congress will heed the voices of small online businesses and work in a bipartisan fashion to foster the conditions they need to succeed," Kuster added. "As the Marketplace Fairness Act advances through Congress, I urge you to reject this legislation and stand up for small online businesses and the families, communities, and customers they support."

In March, Kuster led a bipartisan forum on small business innovation with Republican Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-6) and online entrepreneurs from across the country, where she underscored her opposition to imposing new tax collection burdens on New Hampshire small businesses that sell goods over the Internet.

The full text of the letter is below.
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April 25, 2013

The Honorable John Boehner
Speaker
U.S. House of Representatives
H-232 The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner:

In light of the Senate's consideration of the Marketplace Fairness Act, I write to express my opposition to this legislation, which would impose undue burdens on small businesses in New Hampshire and across our country. As you know, this bill would allow states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes on behalf of over 9,000 taxing jurisdictions nationwide. Before the House of Representatives acts on this proposal, I urge you to evaluate the adverse impact it would have on the online entrepreneurs who are innovating, creating jobs, driving economic growth, and expanding opportunity for the American people.

Shortly after taking office, I met with online business leaders from Hudson, New Hampshire and across the United States to discuss the importance of online commerce to our economy. I heard firsthand how the Marketplace Fairness Act would impede small businesses in the Granite State from expanding and hiring new workers. Instead of needlessly saddling these firms with onerous rules and paperwork, I am hopeful Congress will heed the voices of small online businesses and work in a bipartisan fashion to foster the conditions they need to succeed.

As our nation continues to recover from the recent recession, Republicans and Democrats must work together to remove unnecessary regulatory burdens and other barriers to economic growth. As the Marketplace Fairness Act advances through Congress, I urge you to reject this legislation and stand up for small online businesses and the families, communities, and customers they support. Thank you for your consideration.


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