Pinned Post – MFA’s (AKA MITFA) Vast Impact

A couple of our blog post that summarize the vast, and perhaps unintended reach of the Marketplace Fairness Act on businesses.

First, a post about how wholesalers, manufacturers and other non-retailers will be affected by new compliance burdens and audit risks (and if they sell retail, they’ll be just as affected as us)

The MFA impact on Manufacturers, Distributors & Wholesalers – A Huge Swath of the Economy Will Be Affected

Second, a post regarding Taxcloud’s statement regarding the number of businesses that will be impacted by this legislation – It’s a HUGE number and way more than the proponents have tried to sell in the past.  Ridiculous numbers like 1000 retailers.

Taxcloud is 1 of 6 Certified Service Providers for the Streamlined States and a huge proponent of the bill, since they’d make many millions of dollars if MITFA or Marketplace Fairness Act passed.

Taxcloud Video – Up to 3.5 Million Retailers Will Be Impacted by MFA/MITFA

Cow Pie with a bow on it! – “Remote Transaction Parity Act” MFA 2.0

Again, with the names of bills that mean the exact opposite.  MFA 2.0. First, the Marketplace Fairness Act – which would never create fairness for anyone (well covered on this blog) Now, after yet another year of defeat, it’s time to rebrand!  Why bother to truly start over and address the House Judiciary’s fairness principles […]

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Grasping At Straws – Alibaba

There’s an article in The Hill today  about the pro-Marketplace Fairness Act proponents doing a big push on some Alibaba themed ads.  The Alliance for Main St. Fairness (Walmart, big box retail chains..) produced the spots which will be running on the news shows this week.  The Hill states: “The ad marks the beginning of […]

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33% – Myth of a Level Playing Field Part 2

I’ve covered the myth of a level playing field pretty extensively already in a detailed post.  In short, the Marketplace Fairness Act won’t create the mythical “level playing field” for the perhaps even more mythical “Main Street small businesses”.  Have you looked at Main Street lately?  More large chains than anything these days.  They already […]

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Taxcloud Letter to Speaker Boehner (11/18/14) – A Rebuttal

Wow, what a steaming pile of Pivot. In case you haven’t heard the term, “pivoting” is what you do when your idea isn’t working.  It’s mostly associated with start-ups who realize their ideas/business model isn’t working, so they “pivot” to another.  It’s mostly a euphemism and frequently used as a mocking put down when the […]

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Marketplace Fairness Act Myth: “Level Playing Field”

One of the focus group-tested themes by the pro-Marketplace Fairness Act groups is that they are pushing for a “level playing field”.  How noble of Wal-mart, Best Buy, Amazon and others to push for small businesses to be on a level playing field.   Which of course, is nonsense on many levels. Why Efairness/MFA undeniably […]

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Seattle Times editorial complaining about Speaker Boehner & MFA

“Editorial: If John Boehner kills the Marketplace Fairness Act, it would hurt Washington state” “U.S. House Speaker John Boehner’spromise this week to kill the Marketplace Fairness Act is a kick in the gut to Washington state. The measure would empower all states to collect sales taxes for online transactions from residents who make purchases from […]

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Follow the Big-time Avalara Money – $100 Million!

Talk about following the money.  Avalara, who I believe is the largest of the Certified Solutions Providers for the Streamlined States has just received additional funding of $100 million dollars!! Link to Avalara Press Release Highlights: “Avalara, Inc. (“Avalara” or “the company”), a leading provider of cloud-based software for sales tax and other transactional tax […]

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Taxcloud abusing DMCA takedowns – The video they don’t want you to see

Taxcloud, and/or proponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act must be very embarrassed about the contents of their business pitch video.  This 90 second video sums up their company, their business plan and how large the market opportunity is.  Proponents have paid for studies with laughably low estimates of the number of retailers that would be […]

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Taxcloud Video – Up to 3.5 Million Retailers Will Be Impacted by MFA/MITFA

How many businesses might be ensnared by the Marketplace Fairness Act/MITFA?  Way more than most might guess. 350,000 – 3,500,000 retailers is their market – according to this elevator pitch 90 second video regarding Taxcloud’s business prospects from October 2011.  Taxcloud is 1 of 6 certified service providers (CSPs) who will see a windfall in new […]

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