Oppose Big Box ploy

To the Editor:

Congress will soon consider the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would force small retailers, down to even $1 million in sales, to have the same sales tax collection requirements as the largest multi-billion dollar retailers in America.

Very small businesses and start-ups will be forced to collect sales taxes from out-of-state customers in all 50 states and could face tax enforcement, and potentially even litigation, from any state in the country.

You, as a consumer, will pay up to 9 percent sales tax on your Internet purchases regardless of where a merchant is located. That Internet sales tax will be going to a state in which you do not live and that does not provides you with any services.

The bill is being sponsored by the Big Box retailers, such as Walmart, Target and Best Buy. They have already driven your local retailer out of business and now want to do the same with Internet-based retailers, giving them a marketplace without competition. Without competition, they will have complete control of the price they charge.

There is nothing fair about the Marketplace Fairness Act. Now is the time to speak up. Contact your members of Congress and let them know that you oppose this legislation.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar

U.S. Senate

Capital Office Phone: (202) 224-3244

State Office Phone: (612) 727-5220

Sen. Al Franken

U.S. Senate

Capital Office Phone: (202) 224-5641

State Office Phone: (651) 221-1016

Rep. Tim Walz

U.S. House of Representatives

Capital Office Phone: (202) 225-2472

District Office Phone: (507) 388-2149

Carl Mertely