Remote Transactions Parity Act – HUGE Small Business Exemption Change – Much Worse than MFA!

To recap, the Remote Transactions Parity Act (RTPA) is the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) 1.1.  Same fundamental flawed and broken structure.  But now I think the RTPA is actually much worse than the MFA. The RTPA has a Small Business Exemption (SBE), as does the MFA.  But new verbiage introduced since a March draft I […]

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Remote Transaction Parity Act sure has a LOT of new CSP protections

As covered in our previous Revolving Door From Government –  Part 2, we covered Taxometry and their very recent hires. It sure was good luck that Taxometry hired former Legislative Director Mike Jerman.  Mr. Jerman was the Legislative Director for Representative Chaffetz (Utah) who by a stunning coincidence steered and/or wrote the “MFA 2.0” Remote Transaction Parity […]

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Revolving Door From Government – Part 2

A 2015 update for some new finds today regarding a new possible CSP – Taxometry. I guess it’s not a total surprise when people switch from the private sector to the public side… but boy it seems to be a revolving door.  Reading the who’s who in the Streamlined Sales Tax papers, I occasionally forget […]

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Amazon collecting sales tax – now up to 74% of population

Some new states added to the list, according to this Internet Retailer article. “Once Illinois comes on board on Sunday, Amazon will collect sales tax in 24 states, including from eight of the top 10 most populated states. Ohio and Michigan are the only states in the top 10 where Amazon does not collect sales […]

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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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