Posted: Apr 24, 2013 8:30 AM by Dennis Bragg - MTN News
WASHINGTON, DC - Senator Max Baucus says a proposed Internet sales tax would do nothing for Montana's small businesses, except create an additional layer of "red tape" they'd have to deal with.
Baucus reiterated his stance against the Marketplace Fairness Act while speaking on the floor of the Senate.
The proposed tax is being pushed by some senators as a means of "leveling the playing field" between retail and online sales. The idea has even split larger online firms, with companies like Amazon supporting the change and Ebay opposing it.
Baucus came out firing against the idea when it first cropped up last month and repeated his opposition yesterday, saying businesses in states like Montana without a sales tax would be forced to comply when selling online.
"In Montana, it forces our small businesses to play tax collector for other states - with absolutely no benefit to them. Instead of slapping more red tape on our small businesses, we need to be supporting their work to create jobs and get our economy going," said Baucus.
Baucus added that the bill would take the "time and resources" of small businesses to try and comply with the Marketplace Fairness Act.