Pass the Internet Fairness Conformity Act

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We are asking the NYS Senate to level the playing field for small businesses across New York State. The Internet Fairness Conformity Act would ensure New York's existing sales tax laws are enforced fairly across most sales platforms, regardless of whether it is a store front or an online store. This proposal would require that online marketplaces - such as eBay, Amazon, Etsy and Walmart.com - collect sales tax on any products sold to New York residents from sellers located both within and outside of New York State. This would ensure these providers adhere to the same rules that brick and mortar stores abide by and make the retail marketplace more competitive. 

Currently, these online marketplaces are required to collect sales tax from New York residents only if the seller is located within New York State. Thus, online providers have created a tax-free marketplace for sellers outside of New York State and creating a disadvantage to the small businesses within New York State.

Earlier this month, the NYS Senate and Assembly released and adopted their respective one-house budget proposals, outlining the priorities for the upcoming budget negotiations with the Governor's office. While the Assembly included the Internet Fairness proposal in their one-house budget with some modifications, the Senate did not include the measure in its one-house budget. 

The State Budget is due by April 1, 2018. Signing the petition will help level the playing field and ensure that small businesses can compete fairly in the marketplace. 

 

 



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