Sign eBay’s Petition Against Internet Sales Tax

A few months ago I told you about eBay’s lobbying efforts to stop the Internet Sales Tax that would kill small online entrepreneurs like us.  Well the petition seems to be working. Here is a note I got from eBay today:

Dear eBay Seller:
You’re making a difference. In July, we told you about harmful legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that would impose complex sales tax collecting requirements on Internet retailers and entrepreneurs, including our eBay sellers. Your response was astounding.

More than 40,000 people signed our petition against H.R. 5660, the so-called, “Main Street Fairness Act.” And Washington heard you.

Congressman Paul Hodes (NH) has introduced a bipartisan resolution, H.Res. 1570, calling on Congress to protect Internet entrepreneurs and small businesses from new tax burdens. Now the debate over Internet sales taxes is really heating up, and we need your help more than ever.

Please join our effort to stop the passage of this anti- small business legislation. If you’ve not yet weighed-in with your lawmakers, please sign our petition to support the Hodes Resolution and oppose new Internet tax burdens.

Together we can make a difference!
eBay Government Relations

Petitions are good, but even better is an email to your congressperson.  Of course there is going to be such an upset in a couple week, I am not sure who my congressman is going to be.  But this could be voted on during the Lame Duck session before the new congress is sworn in, so even if your congressperson loses the election, be sure and email them now.


  1. As a very small-time, sometimes, seller on eBay, (and other venues) I simply cannot afford to try to keep up with all the various states’ laws on sales taxes. Rather than try, I will simply stop selling online. The very small profit that I am able to earn would be totally eaten up by the unfairness of having to comply with these complex laws. Please, give the small part-time sellers a break here.

    Thank you.

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      If you don’t want this to happen its really important you contact your current and your new congressman after the election.


  2. I HAVE contacted my congressman while it was still broiling hot here and I didn’t get a email back from him until just before the election, saying he’d think about it.

    Needless to say, he got re-elected. Talk about a pro-active congressman. He’s worthless as far as I’m concerned.

    Thank you.

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