By Taylor Haas
Special to The Globe
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Small businesses are struggling enough in this anemic recovery — we shouldn’t have to compete with one hand tied behind our backs. But that is basically what is happening because big online-only retailers are allowed to forgo collecting sales taxes, which gives their products the illusion of being cheaper. And, of course, customers go for what they perceive as the cheapest product.
Luckily, a national solution is in the offing. But it will only become law if regular people and small-business owners stand up for those politicians brave enough to take a stand against these online behemoths.
Here in Missouri, Republican Sen. Roy Blunt is one of those taking such a brave stand. He is a co-sponsor of the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would give states the power to collect sales duties (and garner much-needed revenues without raising taxes).
The Marketplace Fairness Act is a win-win for everyone involved. Local retailers get to compete on a level playing field, online-only retailers help pay their way in the states they do business and the states get increased revenues without being subject to federal dictates.
Congress needs to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act today.