Yearly Archives: 2012

All We Want for Christmas is a Level Playing Field

During the outset of this holiday shopping season two record-breaking sales days have benefited online retailers.  Online sales during Black Friday exceeded $1 billion for the first time in history, and this past Cyber Monday was the biggest online shopping …

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It’s time to dispel the myth of “tax-free online shopping”

The market is the only thing that should be determining winners and losers when it comes to American businesses. Yet, since the early 1990s this has not been the reality for brick-and-mortar businesses across the country.  The 1992 Supreme Court …

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Online Sales Tax Loophole Slowly Killing Small Businesses

Like many small businesses, mine is a family affair. My father George and my mother Sylvia entered the bookselling business more than 30 years ago in an old gas station. For three decades our family has nurtured and grown Givens …

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Why I support online sales tax collection – it will help millions of small businesses like mine

Everyone seems to think that online sales tax collection is about large online companies, like Amazon, trying to crush small online businesses. My experience as a small business owner has been exactly the opposite. State efforts at online sales tax …

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Congress Should Allow Small Businesses to Compete on a Level Playing Field

In order to help the small businesses, the backbone of our national economy, and improve local economies all over the country, we desperately need to level the playing field for brick-and-mortar retailers. We are currently competing against online-only retailers at …

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