My wife and I own and operate a small online business benefitting greatly from technological innovation and scalability made possible by Cloud Computing. Until recently we were struggling with legacy tax procedures in our home state. The administrative burdens and expenses complying with States' tax laws became onerous forcing me to search the Internet for a solution. What I found seems, to many, unbelievable.
My company now employs free technology hosted on Amazon's Ec2 cloud infrastructure enabling it to easily calculate, collect and remit sales tax for any jurisdiction in any state. TaxCloud seamlessly integrates with multiple payment platforms and shopping carts eliminating unnecessary administrative burdens. Now my tax processes are automated and efficient.
3dcart CEO Gonzalo Gil states:
“As another building block in our effort to ease the management process for online store owners, TaxCloud is the kind of efficiency application that is practical now and helps you plan for the future... this represents another way that automation is saving time and money for online retailers.”
Technology now freely available to all businesses no matter big or small easily handles sales tax processing for any jurisdiction in any state. As Mr. Shay from the NRF points out it is now easier for businesses to process over 10,000 different tax jurisdictions than deal with the multiple complexities involved with shipping. Furthermore, the ICSC has discovered an average of 90% of Internet consumers desire to have sales tax collected by merchants at points of purchase instead of having to track and remit use tax individually. Governments also realize sales tax automation ensures more of every tax dollar funds intended programs.
I strongly support and urge Congress to immediately pass S.1832 the Marketplace Fairness Act granting states the choice to efficiently enforce their existing sales and use tax laws. Individuals, businesses and government will all benefit tremendously utilizing the efficiencies made possible by new technologies coupled with the power and scalability of Cloud Computing.