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April 24, 2013 - 10:15 am

Here’s company vice president Tod Cohen in today’s USAToday:

The Internet is a key part of 21st century retail for businesses of all sizes. Jon Gonzales is a great example. He has a growing computer accessories business in Virginia. Because he uses the Internet, his business sells across the country. But make no mistake, his small business is nothing like the giant national retailers that combine stores, distribution centers and Internet sites. Those businesses are located around the country so they are required to collect sales taxes in every state. Now there is a proposal to require small businesses operating out of only one state to do the same.

This new legislation would suddenly treat Jon like a giant business with teams of tax lawyers and accountants. The reality is that Jon’s sister Roceta handles the accounting and taxes. That’s the accounting and tax team. Complying with 9,600 tax jurisdictions nationwide, and more menacingly, being audited and threatened with litigation by tax authorities around the country, is daunting. The family-run business worries about its survival.

Cohen’s solution? An exemption for businesses with “less than $10 million in Internet sales or fewer than 50 employees.” But really, that’s no solution at all. All these “favors” we dole out to small business just create hurdles to them becoming larger. And big business can afford the largess, being further insulated from competition.

It’s time we stopped treating small business any differently from big business — and far past time we stopped treating any business like a chump to be squeezed.

Want to know where the jobs went? Look at Washington’s desperation to tax any and everything that moves.

Stephen Green began blogging at VodkaPundit.com in early 2002, and has served as PJMedia's Denver editor since 2008. He's one of the hosts on PJTV, and one-third of PJTV's Trifecta team with Scott Ott and Bill Whittle. Steve lives with his wife and sons in the hills and woods of Monument, Colorado, where he enjoys the occasional lovely adult beverage.

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Amazing to see how much fear and rage a generic comment can invoke in some adults that they feel blocking it is necessary.
51 weeks ago
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If we're going to have a tax system including commerce and sales taxes, then it should be uniformly administered whether in brick and mortar or on the internet. For thousands of people doing retail business, internet sales have been a tax fraud haven. If you do business on the internet it should require filing a business license as a seller and or business exemption number as a buyer, if applicable. Software can easily be developed to distinguish a casual garage seller from a business seller. Time to clean it up and everybody pays their share of taxes!
51 weeks ago
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Amazon: "BWAHAHAhahahahahaha! Fly, my pretties, FLY!"
51 weeks ago
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If you do not know the details of how things operate, this approach sounds reasonable. Shouldn't all businesses be taxed the same way? Sounds okay in theory, but in practice, it would be a disaster for some companies, because the entire burden of the bill would be put on the shoulders of the businesses.

If the governments want this done, then they should bear the great burden of setting it all up and making it easy to comply.
51 weeks ago
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First time commentator...

I'm 21, and have been running a business since I was 18. Good grief Mr. Green, you're 100% correct. All these nonsense tax breaks do is either isolate and demonize the large companies, or force up-and-coming guys like me to think small. Let's just level the playing field, and let the free market decide who wins and loses... no more of this "government gets to pick winners and losers" garbage, please!
51 weeks ago
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Hey, I'm honored you chose one of my posts for your first comment -- stick around!

And best of luck with your business.
51 weeks ago
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Hey! I've been a loyal reader and post here frequently. You've never expressed feeling honored by MY posts! :P

(Insert easy snarky response here)
51 weeks ago
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Thank you sir! One of the first things I learned was that government was going to be our #1 problem. Doesn't matter if you're left, right, or somewhere else, that's just how the game is rigged. Good thing we've got men like you to continue to trumpet the cause of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness!
51 weeks ago
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I wonder who Cohen voted for.
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