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Kevin Hickey
Kevin Hickey
CEO, Online Stores Inc.
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      Kevin Hickey

      Kevin Hickey is CEO of Online Stores Inc., a top 500 Online Retailer he founded with his wife Lisa in 2002. A 16 year veteran of web sites and ecommerce, Kevin Hickey is knowledgeable in all aspects of website development, online marketing, merchandising, product sourcing, and order fulfillment. He manages and directs the company’s marketing, financing, purchasing and website development activities. He has spoken at a number of Internet Retailer conferences on sourcing and marketing subject matter. Kevin Hickey is a leading opponent of the inappropriately named Marketplace Fairness Act. He is a founding member of the eMainStreet Alliance, a group of over 100 retailers including both online and bricks and mortar companies opposed to the Act.

The Marketplace Fairness Act’s audit risk

              FILE-In this Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, file photo, Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, speaks at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite personal devices, in Santa Monica, Calif. Amazon reported third-quarter results below Wall Street’s expectations on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, including a large loss that was weighed by its stake in its online deals service LivingSocial and continued investments in technology and distribution centers to grow its business.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Recently the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) passed the US Senate. The bill is currently being considered by the House Judiciary Committee chaired by Bob Goodlatte. If it passes, the MFA will require small businesses like mine to become tax collectors for over 10,000 taxing jurisdictions and it would subject us to audits from 46 states, 6 territories, and over 500 Native American tribal nations. I've been through a sales tax audit in my home state of Pennsylvania and it was one of the most unpleasant experiences of my life. My audit experience is the foremost reason why I helped found the eMainStreet Alliance – a coalition of over 650 small businesses who have joined forces to expose the harm of the MFA.