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 advocate against House Bill 732 - Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax, which raises taxes on any business or person who uses digital advertising to market their services.
Who We Are
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.
What is House Bill 732?
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. Although Governor Hogan vetoed the bill, the legislature overturned the veto on February 11, 2021.
The outcome is 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. With the governor’s veto overturned, Maryland now has the notorious distinction of being the only state in the country to enact a digital advertising tax.
Why is this important?
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 raises taxes and the cost of doing business for all these hardworking Marylanders and the ripple effect is obvious: higher taxes, higher prices, fewer jobs.
HOW CAN YOU HELP STOP THIS TAX?
- 1.) Publicly advocating against this tax whenever and wherever possible
- 2.) Updating the public and our supporters about legal action and/or legislation
- 3.) Growing our supporter base by encouraging more Marylanders and Maryland businesses to join our coalition and sign our petition
- 4.) Making sure Marylanders know how their elected leaders voted on this important issue