Internet Tax Law Plan Spawns Calif. Coalition

Monday, 01 Aug 2011 04:11 AM

By T.M. Golub

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With a new California tax law proposal aimed at imposing a levy on Internet purchases at checkout, a new group of small business owners, taxpayer groups, consumers, and Internet companies has been formed to provide voters a voice. More Jobs Not Taxes seeks to place the proposed legislation before voters in a referendum.
 
“With state unemployment over 11 percent and companies moving to business-friendly states like Arizona and Nevada, Californians have had it with Sacramento politicians passing new tax laws that hurt the state’s economy instead of focusing on creating jobs,” said Marc Duerr, the California Business Alliance’s director of legislative services.
 
The coalition is currently gathering signatures statewide to place a referendum on the new tax — supported by big box retailers and some politicians — before voters on the June 2012  ballot.
 
The overwhelming response of those who have signed so far has many business alliances and organizations hopeful that enough signatures will be garnered by the coalition to place the referendum on the ballot.
 
“The PMA believes Californians should have a voice and a choice on the harmful new tax law that will cost the state jobs and investment,” said Rebecca Madigan, executive director of the Performance Marketing Association.
 
“California is the Internet and technology capital of the world, but this new tax law threatens tens of thousands of California’s small Internet businesses and entrepreneurs that could be creating jobs and boosting the state’s economy,” said Tammy Cota, executive director of Internet Alliance.

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