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June 6, 2013

Q&A: Gomez, Markey on Internet sales tax, immigration and EPA

BOSTON - The two candidates for U.S. Senate differ on federal legislation to enforce state sales taxes with Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez saying the range of jurisdictions would make for a “nightmare” of compliance and Congressman Ed Markey saying it would put online businesses on a level playing field.

In responses to questions posed recently by the State House News Service, Markey and Gomez also shared thoughts on immigration reform, and their varying levels of support for President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

QUESTION: How would you have voted on the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would require large businesses that sell products online to collect and remit state sales taxes?

MARKEY: We need to level the playing field for Main Street retailers in Massachusetts and throughout the country. That’s why I would have voted for the Marketplace Fairness Act, which would allow brick-and-mortar businesses in the Commonwealth to better compete against out-of-state Internet sellers. The legislation would also allow Massachusetts to collect much needed revenue from sellers that reside outside of the Commonwealth’s borders. The law also ensures that truly small businesses that sell their products online – those with receipts under a million dollars – will be exempt. I commend the Senate for passing this bipartisan legislation, and hope the House can quickly take action to help the businesses in our communities compete fairly and thrive.

GOMEZ: “The “Marketplace Fairness Act” would be anything but fair, increasing costs to consumers and imposing more regulations on businesses. There are nearly 10,000 sales tax jurisdictions in the United States; complying with this law would be a nightmare for Main Street and I would have voted against it.

QUESTION: What would an immigration bill need to include to receive your support and conversely what elements of an immigration bill would be deal-breakers for you?

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