Get Ready Again Maryland

by Melanie on September 2, 2009

Maryland affiliates will have a couple of months to get ready. State Senator Madaleno has announced that in January 2010 he will once again  introduce new nexus legislation. His proposed legislation will require out of state merchants who have affiliates or advertisers in Maryland to collect sales tax on sales to Maryland residents. Calling it an E-fairness bill, the proposed legislation will be similar to the one presented in last legislative session. As you will recall, the introduction of the proposed legislation occurred too late and legislators were unable to complete passage.  Senator Madaleno believes that his legislation will generate $7.5 million a year and is looking forward to establishing a fairer playing field.

The proposal in Maryland was similar to the legislation that exists in New York, North Carolina and Rhode Island. In Maryland the prosed legislation had a threshold of $10,000 in sales in previous four quarters. It is important to note that even with similar or identical legislation interpretation may differ between states.

As you recall, just a few months ago, merchants terminated relationships with affiliates in states with pending legislation. While legislation was still an idea, affiliates were terminated. If you are an affiliate living in Maryland I urge you to get involved now. Get in touch with me so I can help you organize and prepare your business. Education, organization and preparation are critical.

To join a group to work on this issue contact me at Affiliate Voice LLC.

Similar information was also posted at Maryland Gear Up Again

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Matt McWilliams September 2, 2009 at 4:01 pm

This is getting ridiculous. Everyone just move to the Bahamas :)

I am blogging about this right now Melanie. Thanks for keeping us informed!

Melanie September 2, 2009 at 4:58 pm

Thanks Matt, for your support and your assistance.
It’s going to be a very hectic year in many states. At least in Maryland we have notice.

Kim Salvino September 3, 2009 at 9:14 am

Mellie,

Thank you for the alert. As always, you are on top of things.

Feel free to reach out to any of us here at buy.at. We will defeat this thing!

Sharon Mostyn September 9, 2009 at 8:42 am

I contacted all of my Congresspeople/Representatives/Legislators/Delegates/etc. proactively to let them know that the affiliate community (aka their constituents) is NOT happy about this being introduced again in Maryland. Here are the replies I’ve received so far:
Senator James Brochin – I oppose this as well.
Delegate Bill Frank – I am completely opposed to taxing sales over the Internet.
and a lovely form letter saying absolutely nothing from Congressman Frank Kratovil, Jr. -
Thank you for contacting my office to share your thoughts with me. As your Representative, I am guided by the perspectives of my constituents and our common goals of restoring fiscal responsibility to our federal government, revitalizing our economy, protecting the Chesapeake Bay and preserving the agricultural heritage of our communities.

I always appreciate hearing from constituents like you who are interested in discussing the important issues affecting Maryland and the nation. My job as your representative is to fight for the for policies and resources that will best help the residents of the First District, to help connect you with federal agencies when needed, and to answer your questions and comments regarding issues before Congress. I will keep your thoughts in mind as any legislation or proposals are considered in Committee or by the full House of Representatives. It is an honor to serve active citizens like you in Congress.

Please do not hesitate to contact me again in the future regarding issues that concern you. I believe that continuous communication with the residents of the First District is essential to helping me be an effective advocate for you in Congress. To stay informed, please visit my website at http://www.house.gov/kratovil.

Thank you again for contacting me and I look forward to hearing from you.

Guess which one won’t be getting my vote the next time he comes up for reelection?

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