How many readers really know the truth about Colorado’s new March 1st 2010 PASSED house law bill 10-1193 that forces internet companies from other states in to collect sales tax from the people here in Colorado in these hard times under threat of possibly being jailed if they don’t do it? The Colorado State government is now selectively targeting larger companies like Amazon.com and others to make an example of them. In return many companies large and small are now totally refusing to do business with ANYONE in Colorado with the hope that this bill will be replaced with another bill that will rescind this stupid attempt to extort Colorado tax money from people that are not in Colorado and across state lines while discouraging other states from doing the same. This bill was passed quietly in the Colorado State House/Senate without putting it out to the people of Colorado to decide for themselves that bill 10-1193 is in our best interests or not!
The backbone of this entire country is still made from small business, many that are now Internet based as my business is. Some of my potential out of state customers that own small businesses are now REFUSING to do business with my company in a show of solidarity based solely on Bill 10-1193. And you want to know something folks? I can’t blame them for banning my Colorado based business because of this horrendous bill and now state law one bit! The reason is that it stifles the desire of small business’s to prosper and grow larger because of the headache and hardship of losing customer sales to companies in other states that are smart enough not to tax consumers in other states! This consumer extortion law needs to stop quickly, once and for all to protect both the people in other states and the hard working businesses that do out of state sales from Colorado. This is not about evading taxes! I urge you to write to your local representatives and state senators to push for Bill 10-1193 to be rescinded!