I am the owner and executive chef of Benedetto’s Ristorante Italiano in Land O’ Lakes, Florida. I recently heard about federal policies that, if passed, will create an internet sales tax for businesses and out-of-state customers purchasing items online. This greatly concerns me since my business may consider opening an online storefront in the future, creating and additional source of income for my family. I also purchase items online for my restaurant from out-of-state online retailers, and under this legislation, I would be required to pay yet another tax. By imposing new internet sales tax on businesses, the Marketplace Fairness Act and Marketplace Equity Act will discourage companies from expanding and creating website marketplaces to serve their customers.
I opened Benedetto’s in 2001, and from humble beginnings, I watched my business grow and develop into a successful local restaurant. In order to continue expanding and providing for my family and employees, I need to make smart investments without the burden of additional taxes. It would hurt my restaurant if I launched an online storefront that is subject to additional taxation which limits the ability to create additional jobs, reinvestment and expand our business. We pride ourselves in serving the Land O’ Lakes community, and we want to expand our presence here and online. These proposals will damage the prospects of businesses in my area and across the nation.
Ben Pumo, Owner and Executive Chef
Benedetto’s Ristorante Italiano