Online entrepreneur from Somersworth helping fight proposed Internet sales tax
David Lahme, president and co-founder of TradePort USA, said he and four fellow online entrepreneurs, including two from eBay Inc., met with U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. and with representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., and U.S. Rep. Ann McLane Kuster, D-N.H. in Washington, D.C. April 29 and 30.
All four members of the New Hampshire delegation have been adamantly against the Marketplace Fairness Act and the idea of creating an Internet sales tax, arguing that it would place an unfair burden on merchants, especially in a state where they otherwise do not have to collect sales taxes.
“We’re kind of a minority because the rest of the states are collecting (sales) taxes,” Lahme said, adding the state would not benefit from the sales taxes, which would provide revenues in more than 9,600 jurisdictions spread across the nation.
In a statement, Shaheen, who voted against the proposal, said “allowing other states to collect sales taxes from New Hampshire’s small businesses would be burdensome and unfair, which is why I’m fighting the Internet sales tax legislation.”
Kuster previously said the legislation would have a devastating impact on New Hampshire’s businesses, particularly those that conduct most of their business online. She added she is more hopeful since the House appeared to be more resistant to the measure than the Senate.
“I feel that it is unfair to force companies to collect taxes for another state when they will not receive any benefits from a similar state sales tax,” Shea-Porter said.