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The 'Alliance for Main Street Fairness' Reiterates Its Call for Congress to Pass the 'Marketplace Fairness Act'

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MANY SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS HAVE LONG COMPLAINED THAT THE TAX-CODE "PICKS WINNERS AND LOSERS"--BY ALLOWING ONLINE-ONLY RETAILERS, SUCH AS "AMAZON" AND "OVERSTOCK", TO EVADE COLLECTING STATE SALES-TAX, LIKE "MAIN STREET"-RETAILERS DO.  SUPPORTERS OF THE BIPARTISAN "MARKETPLACE FAIRNESS ACT"--WHICH WAS INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS THIS WEEK [THE WEEK OF FEBRUARY 11TH]--SAY THAT IT WOULD CLOSE THIS LOOPHOLE, AND "LEVEL THE PLAYING-FIELD" BETWEEN INTERNET- AND "MAIN STREET"-RETAILERS.  TERRI HOLLEY--THE OWNER OF "EMBELLISH SHOES", IN CHATTANOOGA--DISCUSSES WHY SHE BELIEVES THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION IS SO IMPORTANT...

(HOLLEY):
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IN AN ENVIRONMENT OF ECONOMIC-UNCERTAINTY, SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS SHOULD NOT BE PUT AT A COMPETITIVE-DISADVANTAGE BECAUSE OF A LOOPHOLE IN THE TAX-CODE THAT PRE-DATES THE INTERNET.  INACTION BY CONGRESS ON THIS LEGISLATION ENSURES THAT WINNERS AND LOSERS ARE NOT CHOSEN IN THE FREE-MARKET ECONOMY--AND [ALSO] UNFAIRLY TILTS THE PLAYING-FIELD, IN FAVOR OF ONLINE-ONLY RETAILERS."

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SMALL-BUSINESS OWNERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY--AS WELL AS MEMBERS OF THE "ALLIANCE FOR MAIN STREET FAIRNESS"-COALITION--ARE CALLING ON CONGRESS TO IMMEDIATELY PASS WHAT THEY CALL THIS "COMMONSENSE", BIPARTISAN LEGISLATION...

(HOLLEY):
"TOO MANY SMALL-BUSINESSES AND JOBS ARE AT STAKE, FOR THIS PROBLEM TO FESTER [FOR] YET ANOTHER YEAR.  THIS IS A RARE OPPORTUNITY FOR BOTH PARTIES TO WORK TOGETHER, [IN ORDER] TO GIVE ALL LOCAL SMALL-BUSINESSES THE CHANCE TO SUCCEED, IN A TRUE FREE-MARKET.
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