This is mainly in response to an article in the Pocono Record about eBay being all wrong. I signed up but they want me to sign in through Facebook and there I stop so.... here is the article written http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20130616/NEWS02/306160309... and here are my thoughts.
As many of our local folk know, I am an online seller and predominantly through eBay. I would like to make a few comments and observations about this article and while I do not think eBay is all knowing and correct, for whatever reason they oppose the MFA, I agree with opposing it.
1. We collect and pay sales tax for anyone in our State. We do not know the State and local tax rates in other States, do not have a tax I.D. number for them, do not know where or how to submit payment and see no "easy" solution. To date, every software solution I have looked at was not simple at all. (nor free)
To me, this would only be fair if everyone, B&M and internet sellers collect respective sales tax based on a persons address, so would the Brick n Mortar stores be ready to I.D. everyone and collect sales tax from EVERYONE? I think I know the answer, but if you look at it that way, you will see that collecting taxes for all States and local municipalities, is not a simple software fix AND a big time killer for the business person.
What is fair is that the B&M store is free to sell on the internet as well and I know many that do, because I trained them. Then they would enjoy whatever benefits they perceive cyberspace vendors have. Except, we cyberspace sellers would not have your advantage of
* meeting the customers directly to satisfy their needs
* not having to charge them shipping to their town or worse, provide "free shipping" (are you not able to compete item by item when shipping is figured in?)
* You don't have to reimburse them for the item and shipping if it is lost or broken on their way home
* They bring their product back to you if they are dissatisfied. They don't usually ask you to pay their gas mileage and time coming back to you, only to find it is not the same thing, or was damaged, missing parts, etc.
I could go on with comparisons, but my main point is that the politicians are trying to everyone when they say it is about fairness. Maybe there is ONE Congressman who really thinks this, but they probably will not be there long being that naive. It is about TAXES. Getting more money. And maybe they need it, but don't disguise it with the word fairness.
By the way, Amazon may seem like a campaigner of all that is fair and just, but they are placing warehouses in many states and in those states they have tax deferment agreements for approximately 5 years. It also appears very possible that they will still collect taxes during that time, but not have to pay the State. If this is true, it sure is a sweet deal for those defending fairness in the world.