RhinoFish - 1:46 pm on May 6, 2013 (gmt 0)
Phranque, good catch, but rest assured, there are already 6-7 CSPs who are certified. Meaning these domains may below to one of them, but they'll be competing, and each store can pick their provider.
I also have a vested interest (as do most). My biz very often relies on affiliate links to be paid, and without a federal solution, if the state I live in (Florida) were to pass an Amazon Tax Bill (I think 7 states have passed these bills, more are pending), then my clients may be forced to collect Florida sales tax. In addition, I'm a (volunteer) PMA board member, and the PMA supports this bill. (I volunteered to serve on this board, because these state by state tax laws are killing affiliates and performance marketers.)
I'd argue that anyone who sells online, stores, service providers, affiliates, and more - all have a vested interest one way or the other.
People can reasonably choose one side or the other, but it's pretty easy to see many are worried or uninformed about implementation, CSPs, and what the bill means. Shoot, this morning I heard a small store owner being interviewed on the radio, and she said she'd have to hire someone to implement the tax collection schemes - she's uninformed, this bill's main purpose (to stores) is to make it easy for stores to collect / administer / remit the tax. If this bill doesn't pass, state bills likely will (many already have), then the admin nightmare she fears, will come.