Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster

Representing the 2nd District of New Hampshire
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Kuster to Colleagues: Support Small Businesses, Oppose Internet Sales Tax

May 21, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Annie Kuster (NH-02) today reiterated her opposition to the Internet sales tax legislation that recently passed the Senate and is now awaiting action in the House. During a speech on the House floor, Kuster said that the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would impose overly-burdensome tax collection requirements on New Hampshire’s small businesses that are driving growth and innovation in our economy.

“Innovative small businesses all across New Hampshire are using the Internet to reach new markets, create good jobs, and grow our economy. Congress should be working to create an environment that helps these companies expand and hire – not adding new bureaucratic barriers and red tape that will impede growth,” Kuster said. “But that’s exactly what the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would do.”

“This legislation would force online retailers to collect sales taxes on behalf of over 9,000 taxing jurisdictions nationwide, creating a web of bureaucracy that would stifle small businesses,” Kuster continued. “Later this week, I will return home to New Hampshire to hear how this tax would impact Granite State entrepreneurs. I urge my colleagues to do the same in their states, and to stand up for small businesses by opposing this misguided legislation.”

Kuster has repeatedly highlighted the negative impacts the so-called Marketplace Fairness Act would have on innovative small businesses in New Hampshire. She recently wrote a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner reiterating her opposition to the Marketplace Fairness Act, and urging him to considering the adverse impacts it would have on online entrepreneurs in New Hampshire.

In March, Kuster led a bipartisan forum on small business innovation with Republican Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-6) and online entrepreneurs from across the country, where she underscored her opposition to imposing new tax collection burdens on Granite State small businesses that sell goods over the Internet.

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Press Release:
Rob Friedlander, (202) 225-5206