New Hampshire Entrepreneurs to Congress: No Internet Sales Tax
Several New Hampshire based small online business owners say that an internet sales tax would be “devastating” to their business. New Hampshire is one of five states that does not currently impose a sales tax on its residents, which may be why Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) 2% and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) 25%, to of the lawmakers that heard from the group, have opposed internet sales tax legislation.
The business owners also spoke with Rep. Ann Kuster (D-NH) 14% and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) and about a quarter of Congress.
The Union Leader reports that small business owner David Lahme argues the taxes he would be required to collect would not benefit him or his fellow New Hampshire residents, but those of other states:
“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.
Lahme’s company, TradePort USA, employs 14 people. It helps manufacturers, and distributors recoup their investment on returned, open box, distressed, and overstock consumer electronics products.
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.