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CEA Applauds House Introduction Of The Business Activity Tax Simplification Act (Batsa)


The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® applauds the introduction of the Business Activity Tax Simplification Act (BATSA) by Representatives Rick Boucher (D-VA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). BATSA ensures that a state should not be able to tax a business unless the business has some physical presence within the state.

“No taxation without representation is a basic American principle. Congress has a constitutional responsibility to ensure that interstate commerce is not harmed by unfair or burdensome taxation,” said Michael Petricone, senior vice president, Government Affairs, CEA. “This developing patchwork of state levies on non-resident firms creates a chilling effect that inhibits commerce and innovation. The burden falls heaviest on small businesses that do not have the resources to contest these ill-founded taxes.”

Last year, the United States Senate introduced an identical version of the BATSA legislation, led by the efforts of Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Mike Crapo (R-ID).

“The passage of this bill is critical for American innovators and entrepreneurs,” continued Petricone. “We commend Congressmen Boucher and Goodlatte for introducing this important legislation, and we urge other members to give it their bipartisan support.”


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