Another victim of uneven retail playing field
DADDY’S JUNKY Music unfortunately is yet another local business that has been forced to fold in an unfair retail environment ( “The gig is up for Daddy’s,’’ G section, Nov. 5). Like many brick-and-mortar retailers, Daddy’s was more than a storefront - it was an integral and beloved member of the larger Massachusetts community. The impact of a sales tax loophole that favors online retailers is too great to ignore. Each day, local retailers do their duty to collect and remit sales taxes, putting them at a significant price disadvantage to remote sellers who continue to reap the benefits of a now-antiquated and unfair system.
The closing of Daddy’s comes at critical juncture in the online sales tax debate. Last week the Marketplace Fairness Act, bipartisan legislation that would give our community-based stores a fair chance to compete with online retailers, was introduced in Congress.
It’s not government’s place to pick winners and losers from among retailers. A sale is a sale, no matter whether it takes place at a neighborhood shop, by mail order, or over the Internet. Congress must take action to level the playing field for all retailers and pass legislation that reflects realities of the 21st century marketplace.
The writer is Massachusetts chairman of the government relations committee of the International Council of Shopping Centers in New York.