During the 2020 Maryland General Assembly legislative session, Governor Larry Hogan VETOED House Bill 732 - Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax - which if allowed to become law would raise taxes on any business or individual who advertises their services online. Stand with the governor and say no to raising taxes on Maryland small businesses in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst time in modern history.
Marylanders For Tax Fairness is an independent coalition of Marylanders and Maryland businesses of all sizes dedicated to ensuring that taxes implemented by the General Assembly do not place an unnecessary and undue burden on the state’s entrepreneurs and job creators. Specifically, Marylanders For Tax Fairness is actively working to sustain Governor Larry Hogan’s veto of House Bill 732 - Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax, which if allowed to become law would raise taxes on any business or any person who uses digital advertising to market their services.
We are Marylanders, entrepreneurs, and small businesses who have joined together to fight against unfair taxes being thrust upon the state’s main job creators at the worst possible time in modern history.
At the very end of the 2020 Maryland legislative session, the General Assembly rushed House Bill 732 - Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax, a very shortsighted and deeply flawed bill, to the floor and passed it along party lines. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the normal legislative process was curtailed, and public input was limited. The outcome is a bill that will raise taxes on every single person and business that advertises services online, from the smallest mom and pop to the largest corporation to your next-door neighbor. If Governor Hogan's veto is overridden, Maryland would have the notorious distinction of being the only state in the country to enact an digital advertising tax.
Today, businesses of all sizes are marketing online. Access to platforms that provide advertising is direct, easy to manage, and more people than ever are on those platforms. This is why House Bill 732 is so damaging to both Maryland’s and countless local economies. It’s not just Fortune 500 companies that advertise online, it’s your local barber, your local auto mechanic, your local watering hole. House Bill 732 would raise taxes and the cost of doing business for all these hardworking Marylanders and the ripple effect is obvious: higher taxes, higher prices, fewer jobs.
We want the Maryland General Assembly to allow Governor Hogan’s veto of House Bill 732 to stand when the 2021 legislative session begins in January.
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