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Letter to The Honorable John A. Boehner, Speaker of the House of Representatives - Concern

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Location: Washington, DC

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter reiterated her opposition to the Internet sales tax legislation by sending a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner expressing her concern over how the legislation would hurt New Hampshire businesses.

"I believe that, as currently constructed, this legislation is not fair to states like New Hampshire that do not have a sales tax," Shea-Porter wrote. "It would burden our small businesses by making them comply with the sales tax requirements of nearly 10,000 state and local jurisdictions across the country. As our state does not have a sales tax, very few of these businesses currently have the systems and process in place to manage such a demand. Beyond this, I feel that it is unfair to force companies to collect taxes for another state when they will not receive any benefits from a similar state sales tax."

The Marketplace Fairness Act passed the Senate in May and now awaits action from the House of Representatives. Congresswoman Shea-Porter opposes the legislation and is committed to protecting states like New Hampshire that choose not to have a sales tax.

Full text of the letter is below.
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The Honorable John A. Boehner
Speaker
House of Representatives
H-232, The Capitol
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Speaker Boehner,

There has been a concerted effort to mobilize support for the Marketplace Fairness Act since its passage in the Senate. I am writing to you to express my concerns about this legislation and to urge you not to bring it to the floor in its current form.

I believe that, as currently constructed, this legislation is not fair to states like New Hampshire that do not have a sales tax. It would burden our small businesses by making them comply with the sales tax requirements of nearly 10,000 state and local jurisdictions across the country. As our state does not have a sales tax, very few of these businesses currently have the systems and process in place to manage such a demand. Beyond this, I feel that it is unfair to force companies to collect taxes for another state when they will not receive any benefits from a similar state sales tax.

Since this burden would unfairly hurt New Hampshire businesses, I am committed to offering an amendment to the Marketplace Fairness Act, should it be considered in its current form. My amendment would exempt those states without a sales tax from having to participate. It's only fair that businesses in states that would see no benefit to this legislation should avoid having to bear the costs. Should you decide to bring the Marketplace Fairness Act before the full House of Representatives, I hope that the Rules Committee will allow my amendment to be considered on the floor.

I thank you for your consideration of this request, and I look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Carol Shea-Porter
Member of Congress


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