U.S. Congress prepares new sales taxes and burdens for small online businesses

Big national retailers are aggressively lobbying Congress to pass online sales tax legislation to "level the playing field" with Amazon. And, as they compete with big retail, Amazon is advocating for this legislation too, while at the same time they are seeking local tax exemptions across the country to build warehouses.

This is a "big retail battle" in which small businesses and consumers have a lot to lose.

Very small businesses, often with only a handful of employees, could actually be threatened and sued by out-of-state tax collectors, even from states thousands of miles away. All of these new costs may not only harm small businesses that use the Internet, but could also harm shoppers by reducing competition and choice.

Fact: Amazon does more than $10 million in sales every 90 minutes.