As a small, family-run business, WebUndies.com does a great job at exceeding customer expectations and treating everyone we deal with fairly, from vendors to customers and employees. Now, we are part of a group of businesses that feel we are on the verge of some very unfair treatment.
As large retailers like Amazon expand their businesses and open more warehouses, they are subject to collect sales tax in states where they are located. This was not an issue before they got to be so big and they delightedly sold products all over without collecting tax. Now that they need to start collecting tax, they seem to have “seen the light” and think it is fair for everyone to collect tax. After all, why should small businesses have any advantage?
We can tell you why! Sales tax codes vary not only state-to-state, but also from county to county and sometimes town to town. On top of that, the items that are taxed vary. For example, we sell clothing, which is not a taxable item in New Jersey, but is taxable in neighboring New York, though at different tax rates depending on where in NY you shop and live. Can you imagine the immense burden on small businesses like ours and many others?
We would need to hire an outside company just to manage tax collection and payment. That extra expense would mean we have less money to hire more staff or invest in our business. We would be happy to collect tax if it was simplified- why doesn’t our government consider that before placing the burden on the small businesses that support local economies? Shame on our elected officials for catering, yet again, to the voices of big business and the money they give to campaigns and lobbyists!
For more, read this article by Internet Retailer: http://www.internetretailer.com/2013/04/22/sales-tax-bill-advances