Reject the new Internet Sales Tax in the 2018 NYS Budget
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The 2017/2018 proposed New York State budget (Part BB of S.2009/A.3009) would stifle small business growth and hurt consumers. This provision of the budget will shift regulatory and sales tax compliance burdens to online marketplaces, increasing costs to users like myself and undermining the very business model that allows these platforms to provide low-cost services and opportunities to New Yorkers.
The unintended consequences of this legislation will be significant. It will create barriers to new jobs and in-state investments, penalize marketplaces that choose to remain in New York, and likely encourage a patchwork of state laws causing unwieldy and cumbersome audit and compliance burdens for marketplaces and the small businesses that operate on their platforms.
Since New York would be the only state in the country to impose these anti-Internet policies, I have strong concerns that companies will reconsider their investment in New York and take much-needed jobs with them.
Simply put, this proposal adds new taxes to transactions that often involve the very smallest businesses possible, including artisans, rural Mom and Pop retailers, and consumers using the Internet to resell goods to promote a Green Economy. Penalizing these positive Internet commerce applications, which are strongly enabled by online marketplaces, is bad for our economy and bad for New Yorkers who support economic opportunities for everyone.
I respectfully urge you to reject Part BB of S.2009/A.3009 of the New York State budget, and work with New York businesses to advocate for Internet and tax policies that support all small businesses, artisans and entrepreneurs.
This is a drastic departure from current law. It threatens to increase costs to everyone in New York who takes advantage of the Internet to buy from small businesses, artisans, and even other consumers, undermining the very business model that allows online marketplaces to provide low-cost services and opportunities to New Yorkers.
Other states will follow suit, subjecting New York-based small businesses and marketplaces to the jurisdiction of tax departments in other states. Imagine every small business—and even the most casual seller in New York—being subject to audits and tax enforcement throughout every tax-hungry state across the country.
Thank you for your support of New York consumers and businesses.
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