Advertisement

You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Letter: Taxing online business would threaten my livelihood

Don't pile taxes on my local online business

10:16 AM, Sep. 11, 2013  |  Comments
Screenshot from the Manufacturing Supply homepage. A new bill could impose new taxes on online retailers like this local business.
Screenshot from the Manufacturing Supply homepage. A new bill could impose new taxes on online retailers like this local business.
  • Filed Under

EDITOR: Manufacturer's Supply was originally founded by my father in 1955. Our business supplies parts for chainsaws, lawnmowers and other small engines. We are located in Medford, a small town of 4,000 good people.

After 58 years as a staple of our small community, the federal Marketplace Fairness Act would severely threaten our way of life. The costs and labor required to comply with this legislation, which would impose taxes on online and catalog retailers, would be astronomical.

It would force time away from doing my job of running the business, which in turn would affect my employees. The costs would destroy the thin margins that are inherent for small online retailers. The prospect of collecting on the 9,600 individual tax jurisdictions across the country, all constantly fluctuating, is terrifying, and expensive software is not a viable option.

While that prospect is frightening to contemplate, the prospect of each of those jurisdictions being able to audit my business is a nightmare.

I also find the argument that this bill would level the playing field to be unfounded. After owning a brick-and-mortar business for more than 40 years, my father's business was in decline and on the brink of bankruptcy. I decided to risk the livelihood of my family by quitting my corporate job to devote myself to helping revive the family business. I had to take a look at the business and ask myself, "What do we need to do to survive?"

Internet retailing is the way the world is transitioning. It is all about adapting your business model and staying with the changing face of the marketplace. If you can't do that as a business owner, then there's no legislation that will help you achieve success.

Since our downturn we have been operating online successfully, creating jobs for our small community. This job creation and economic growth in our area will be devastated if this bill passes.

I ask you to join me in discrediting the lies that billion-dollar retailers are spreading about this bill and to urge U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy to support Wisconsin small business, and oppose the Marketplace Fairness Act.

Bill Hall,

Medford

What's your take on the Packers Family Night change?

Retrieving results.
Watching practice is fine.(Your vote)
15%
573 votes
I'd rather watch a scrimmage.(Your vote)
23%
854 votes
I don't want to pay to watch practice.(Your vote)
27%
1013 votes
It doesn't matter to me.(Your vote)
34%
1270 votes

Catch up on the latest in our pregame show every game day.

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports

ORDER YOURS

Football fans

If you've ever answered "Who has the ball?" with "It's halftime," you might recognize The Airhead. Check out the characters in our cartoon gallery of oddball fans.

Special Reports