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After South Dakota v. Wayfair Ruling, Small Business Association Calls on Congress to Act

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National Association for the Self-Employed Says Congress Needs to Intervene to Protect Livelihood of Millions of Self-Employed Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After last week’s Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair overturning a previous ruling which made much of the internet a tax-free zone, Keith Hall, president and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, is calling on Congress to act immediately to protect the livelihood of millions of self-employed and micro-business owners across the country:

“The recent Supreme Court decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair requiring online retailers to collect sales tax presents a myriad of new challenges for self-employed entrepreneurs.  Because of last week’s ruling, millions of self-employed businesses offering their goods and services for sale online could now have to navigate a nightmarish web of compliance challenges.

“The Government Accounting Office recently released a report showing that this ruling could cause the compliance costs for small businesses to skyrocket.  Many of the small ‘Mom and Pop’ business owners we represent would incur the highest cost if Congress doesn’t act.

“It is essential to the livelihood of millions of small and family-owned businesses that Congress act now to provide compliance guidelines on how to proceed. This is not about money; rather, this is about compliance and tax filing and additional time-consuming paperwork in up to 45 different states, many of which have hundreds of local jurisdictions that also generate separate compliance issues. Last week’s Supreme Court ruling is likely to have a drastic and devastating effect on the ability of millions of self-employed Americans to start and grow their business. The small business community wants to comply with all laws but need simplicity in doing so. We must continue to support these entrepreneurs by providing them with an effective path forward to ensure they do not get caught up in the maze of complex regulations that will hurt their business and ultimately hurt the American economy.”


The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, offering a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy.

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