PR battle heats up on Internet sales tax bill

A bill that would make it easier for states to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases – the Main Street Fairness Act – was filed only a few days ago, but the PR battle is already heating up.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced the legislation on Friday. Similar legislation was filed last year.

Lobbying for and against the current version of the bill is already in full voice. The early flurry of statements from both sides focuses on what it all means for small businesses.

Supporters of the legislation say it would help small businesses compete. Opponents claim it would destroy small online retailers. A sampling of comments are linked below.

As I’ve written before, I think all online retailers should be required to collect sales taxes. Whether Congress will actually vote on the issue anytime soon remains to be seen.

Politico: Amazon, eBay split over online sales tax bill

NetChoice: NetChoice Strongly Opposes ‘Main Street Fairness’ Act From Congressional Democrats

Retail Industry Leaders Association: Main Street Fairness Act Introduction the First Step Toward Fair Competition

RedOrbit: Small Businesses Applaud Senator Durbin and Representative Conyers for Introducing Main Street Fairness Act