Forcing online retailers to collect sales taxes on behalf of over 9,000 taxing jurisdictions nationwide would stifle small businesses across New Hampshire, Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) said today during a "Congress at Your Company" visit to Whaddy.com in Hudson. Kuster toured and met with staff at Whaddy.com to highlight her opposition to the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act, legislation that recently passed the Senate that would impose overly-burdensome tax collection requirements on Granite State small businesses.
"Innovative small businesses like Whaddy.com are using the Internet to reach new markets, create good jobs, and grow our economy. Congress should be working to create an environment that helps these companies expand and hire -- not adding new bureaucratic barriers and red tape that will impede growth," Kuster said. "But that's exactly what the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would do."
Established in 2011, Whaddy.com resells overstock and customer return items from some of the largest retailers in the world and is already producing hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual revenue. The company has six full-time employees and expects to expand to ten employees by the end of this year. In March, Kuster met with Whaddy.com owner Travis Adams in her Washington, D.C. office to hear how an Internet sales tax would impact his business.
"I'm so excited to have Rep. Kuster visit my company, and to have a chance to talk about our shared opposition to a new Internet sales tax," Adams said. "Forcing small businesses like mine to collect sales taxes from jurisdictions all across the country just doesn't make sense. It will create complicated new paperwork requirements that will slow down my business and make it harder to expand and create jobs."
Kuster has repeatedly highlighted the negative impacts the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would have on innovative small businesses in New Hampshire. She recently wrote a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner reiterating her opposition to the Marketplace Fairness Act, and urging him to consider the adverse impacts it would have on online entrepreneurs in New Hampshire and across the country.
In March, Kuster led a bipartisan forum on small business innovation with Republican Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06) and online entrepreneurs from across the country, where she underscored her opposition to imposing new tax collection burdens on Granite State small businesses that sell goods over the Internet.
In January, Kuster launched her ongoing "Congress at Your Company" series to hear directly from business leaders about ways the federal government can better support job creation and economic growth in the Granite State.