This Graphic Shows How the Marketplace Fairness Act IS a NEW TAX

If you live in a SALES TAX FREE State the Marketplace Fairness Act will create a NEW TAX for you. Here is how it will work:

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Did Some Federal Lawmakers Participate in Tax Evasion During Campaigns?

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How many state and federal campaigns purchased items from AMAZON and actually tracked and paid the “use tax” owed on campaign purchases?  Campaigns often buy and transport Items across state lines, buy via Internet, transport items in-between different taxing jurisdictions (taxed low then brought into and “used” in high tax areas where the difference must be reported) within each state.  Also, when they are on the campaign trail they often visit one of the states that have no sales taxes.  Are they declaring the “use tax”  when they leave the state with the items and use them elsewhere?  Here is an example of State law.  In Missouri, Unions, political organizations, and home owner associations DO NOT qualify for a Missouri sales or use tax exemption.  I did a review of Minnesota law and did not find an exemption for political organizations either.  In Minnesota it specifically states, “Nonprofit organizations that qualify for federal income tax exemption are not automatically exempt from Minnesota sales tax.”

I decided to take a look at FEC.gov to see how many U.S. Congressman and Senators purchased items from AMAZON for their campaigns. Remember a campaign is basically a business that is created to get their product (the candidate) elected.  The campaigns have payroll expenses and owe various taxes.  They might be considered tax exempt at the federal level but it is the states that determine if the business qualifies for tax exempt status for sales and use tax.

My investigation revealed that many of our lawmakers bought items from AMAZON for their campaigns.  I did check a few of the expense reports and did not see any line items showing “sales or use tax” payments to their state revenue departments.  Maybe it is buried in their income tax returns.  Maybe they did pay the “use tax” and coded it as just tax BUT maybe they didn’t.  Maybe they just coded it wrong….mistakes happen…

The lawmakers I looked at support the Marketplace Fairness Act.  Many of these lawmakers have been trying to pass this deceptively named legislation for years.  Lets just say for a moment that they did not pay the “use tax” on their purchases from AMAZON. None of these lawmakers can claim ignorance of the law.  They represent states that have been fighting with AMAZON for years about the sales and “use tax.”

THE IMPACT ON SMALL BUSINESS

IF the lawmakers mentioned in the tweets at the bottom of this article DID NOT pay their “use tax” consider this:  You all ran multi-million dollar campaigns, had staff, employees and volunteers and you could not even keep your books in orderNOW you expect a small company like mine (husband and wife no other employees) to track sales taxes from over 9,600 different taxing jurisdictions.  It WILL be a huge burden on any small business that wants to sell remotely.  This law is for big business and if you vote in favor of increasing the paperwork burden on small business then you are all hypocrites.

IT IS A NEW TAX

IF the lawmakers mentioned in the tweets at the bottom of this article DID NOT pay their “use tax” consider this:  This WILL be a NEW TAX for you and 98% of people that never even heard of “use tax.”  It is also a NEW EXPENSE (my opinion it is merely a tax BUT just using a different word) for small businesses.  On $1 million dollars in gross sales the new taxes collected by my company would  result in NEW credit card fees of at least $1,150.  This is for collecting taxes for states where my business does not even have physical presence.  This legislation is a small business killer because BIG BUSINESS wants it all.  

I tweeted all of the lawmakers below asking about specific AMAZON transactions and have not heard any answer back.  Also, I think the public deserves to know if you filed it timely, NOT after you were caught or received my tweet:

Did these Federal Lawmakers Participate in Use Tax Evasion During their Campaigns?  I Don’t know.  I will let you decide…maybe they will answer…a simple YES or NO response is all I am asking for!

RETWEET THESE NOW:

U.S. Congressman Ted Poe Challenge: Marketplace Fairness Act “Use Tax” Disclosure

Lets see if we can get U.S. Congressman Ted Poe to disclose if his campaign paid the “use tax” owed to the State of Texas for some of his campaign purchases.  You can search any candidates campaign expenditures at FEC.gov.  Remember Ted Poe supports an internet sales tax to collect “use tax” evaders.  Lets see if his campaign practiced what he preaches.

Here is one question I have for him please re-tweet this:

I will post his response here if he answers:

Ted Poe said…

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin Challenge: Marketplace Fairness Act “Use Tax” Disclosure

Lets see if we can get U.S. Senator Dick Durbin to disclose if his campaign paid the “use tax” owed to the State of Illinois for some of his campaign purchases.  You can search any candidates campaign expenditures at FEC.gov.  Remember Dick Durbin supports an internet sales tax to collect “use tax” evaders.  Lets see if his campaign practiced what he preaches.

Here is one question I have for him re-tweet this:

Here is another question I have for him:

I will post his response here if he answers:

Dick Durbin said…

U.S. Senator Harry Reid Did Your Campaign Pay “Use Tax” on Amazon Purchase of $714?

Lets see if we can get U.S. Senator Harry Reid to disclose if his campaign paid the “use tax” owed to the State of Nevada for some of his campaign purchases.  You can search any candidates campaign expenditures at FEC.gov.  Remember Harry Reid supports an internet sales tax to collect “use tax” evaders.  Lets see if his campaign practiced what he preaches.

Here is one question I have for him re-tweet this:

I will post his response here if he answers:

Harry Reid said….

U.S. Senator Al Franken Challenge: Marketplace Fairness Act “Use Tax” Disclosure

Lets see if we can get U.S. Senator Al Franken to disclose if his campaign paid the “use tax” owed to the State of Minnesota for some of his campaign purchases.  You can search any candidates campaign expenditures at FEC.gov. I did not see any line items showing sales or use tax paid to Minnesota.  Remember Al Franken supports an internet sales tax to collect “use tax” evaders.  Lets see if his campaign practiced what he preaches.

Here is one question I have for him please re-tweet this:

Here is one more to tweet:

I will post his response here if he answers:

Al Franken said…

The Politics of Fairness [Guest Post]

Thomas Carlson:

Another blogger taking on the Marketplace Fairness Act. Please share, tweet and like.

Originally posted on Perspectives:

Editor’s Note:Tim Preuss is a student of economics, an advocate of free markets, and a staunch defender of personal liberty. Representing the Classical Liberal school of thought, in which limited, not more, government is the solution.

unfairWe’re all in favor of fairness, right? I mean, at least we all say publicly that we’re in favor of fairness. But politicians often use words like “fairness” in order to make a bill sound more attractive. They did it not too long ago with the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”, otherwise know as Obamacare. Who wouldn’t be in favor of protecting patients? Who wouldn’t be in favor of affordable care, right?

We all know how that turned out. Millions of people had their insurance plans cancelled and rates were driven up for millions more. Not exactly protecting anyone, and there’s nothing affordable about Obamacare.

The same thing could very well happen with…

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Marketplace Fairness Act: FAKE Conservative Opinions ARE for Sale

 

Marketplace Fairness Act: Opinions are for Sale

Back in 2010 an article in Politco titled, Exclusive: Conservative group offers support for $2M showed, “The American Conservative Union asked FedEx for a check for $2 million to $3 million in return for the group’s support in a bitter legislative dispute, then the group’s chairman flipped and sided with UPS after FedEx refused to pay.”  This article even has the “smoking gun” letters to prove it.

Here is a recent endorsement by the American Conservative Union. This conservative organization is saying they want the Marketplace Fairness Act passed.  Do you really believe them? Who knows… I think their credibility was lost in 2010 when they got “caught” showing that their opinions were for sale.  Here is a tweet they were referenced in recently.

Over the past year I have seen countless organizations publishing…purportedly “their opinions” about the Marketplace Fairness Act.  If you start to analyze their written “opinions” it appears that most of the “opinions” were written by the same person.  Many of the “opinions” use the same exact catch phrases and wording.  It is a cookie cutter opinion repeated over and over again.  I wonder how many of these “opinions” were paid for by BIG money?

Wal-Mart, Target, Auto Zone, Best Buy, Home Depot, and Sears even created an organization called Stand with Main Street (source Wikipedia).  

  • Note: These are not main street businesses in case you didn’t know.

These BIG business interests through their lobbyists put up a website and Facebook Page (Stand With Main Street aka Alliance for Main Street Fairness) that looks like downtown “main street” and they are using small business owners as the spokesman for their agenda.  Stand With Main Street even created a National Small Business Advisory Board made up of 16 small business owners to increase support and awareness for the MFA.  Why did BIG retail have to hide behind small business spokesman to try and pass this legislation?  It is pure and simple BIG money influences the political process….through deception & lies.

I have been writing about the Marketplace Fairness Act since May 2013.  Here is my FREE opinion.  The politcal process in the United States is all smoke and mirrors.  We have a corrupt system in place where opinions are up for sale.  BIG money is manipulating our politicians (campaign donations & lobbying).  Big money is buying support for their legislation by paying the “big guns” with “big names” for their paid for opinions.  If an organization receives money to write an opted or make a comment in the media they should be required to disclose that it is a paid for advertisement and may or may not “really” be their opinion.

In the United States of America “Opinions ARE for Sale” only IF you have the money.  Paid for opinions mean nothing.  It is just a way to manipulate the system.  Next time you read an “opinion” by a “big name” organization or person about pending legislation remember someone “most likely” paid them to say it.

Update: August 11, 2014

I just read an article Titled “Time for the Government to Stop Picking Winners and Losers in the Marketplace.”  The article shows its by Nathan Mehrens, President of Americans for Limited Governement.  Apparently it shows his organization is somehow working with the Alliance for Main Street Fairness (aka Stand with Main Street – the big money lobby group I discussed above for Walmart, Best Buy etc…). 

Somehow Americans for Limited Government must support auditors from other states attacking small businesses like mine across state lines.  My company is only located in Minnesota.  If this legislation passes auditors (more government, NOT LIMITED) will cross states lines and audit me from 45 other states.  Sounds limited, right?  

I just tweeted them and asked if he or his organization received any money for posting their “opinion” in the article supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act.  I will update you with their answer here when and if they respond:

I will post their Response Here:

 

 

 

Marketplace Fairness Act Share Request: What You Can Do Now?

Today is SHARE Thursday on the Oppose Internet Sales Taxes page. Let’s share at least 100 posts or comments  VISIT the Oppose Internet Sales Taxes Facebook Page NOW.

Share articles, memes, comments here and on other pages. Ask your friends, neighbors, family, and colleagues to do the same.

The legislators who are following the lobby money & supporting the Marketplace Fairness Act want to get elected first. Then pass the act as an add on to the Net Neutrality Act during a lame duck session following the elections.

Let’s comment on legislators’ Facebook pages, “We don’t want Internet sales taxes!”

Let’s work as a community to spread the word that we need less big government aligned with small business, not more! Together we can take back our country!