Why I’m for the new Online Sales Tax Bill
(and definitely not the girl in the picture)
So I’ve listened carefully to both sides of the argument on this new tax bill. I’ve decided I’m totally for it.
As a small business owner who does business online, I’ve got a lot of things “going” for me. No rent to pay on a big store, no employees to hire, no real hours of operation. So I have a big advantage over other stores. I won’t call them competitors, because let’s be honest, in 2011 LUSH brought in over 32 million. Whipped Up Wonderful? Well, let’s say it helped me pay my rent on a one bedroom apartment.
That being said, it does weigh on my conscience that I don’t contribute to the larger picture: I DON’T have a brick and mortar store that can participate in the community. I CAN’T hire people (I can in a legal sense, but I can’t in a financial sense). Of course, I pay my state sales taxes. (I’m one of those weird people who feel all proud and stuff when I write that check). But if I was making over 1 million in sales per year? And still running without the store, without the employees? That would be a fantastic (and Snidley Whiplash-esque) advantage over other small businesses.
So I’m for this bill. If Whipped Up Wonderful ever gets to that $1 million mark, I want to pitch in! After all, that money helps out other small businesses, schools, and programs that have helped me be what I am today! As for the argument “that’s a lot of states taxing authorities to be collecting from!” (9,600 apparently), well, by the $1 million sales mark, you bet your bubbles I’d be hiring an accountant! That’s a lame argument too. That’s like buying a car and assuming you’d be doing all the repairs yourself (Which would be so cool. All I can do is change my oil).
Soap Box - off. ;-) Thanks for listening!