The Fall 2012 iAWFUL

  1. Forcing New Tax Burdens on Remote Sellers – Federal bills would impose new tax burdens on online and catalog sellers while taking away states’ sovereign right to protect their businesses from out-of-state tax collectors.
  2. Misusing Consumer Protection Laws to Prevent Competition and Frustrate Consumers - Old and obsolete laws are being misused to squash competition, stifle innovation, and increase costs to consumers.
  3. States Creating New Online Taxing Powers – A state tax grab that makes it harder for the state’s small publishers and websites to earn advertising revenue.
  1. Curbing Online Service and Innovation for Children – Federal efforts to protect children online would create new regulations that stifle innovation and actually decrease the availability of child-directed services.
  2. What Happens to Your Online Accounts When You Die? – Some state laws allow an appointed executor to counter your express wishes about how your online accounts are handled when you die.
  3. Extending Hotel Taxes to Out-of-State Travel Agent Services – Cities and states are threatening travel agents and online travel sites with the wrong tax rate in the wrong jurisdiction – and asking consumers to pay for it.


Previous iAWFUL Lists:

March-2012 iAWFUL List

September-2011 iAWFUL List

March-2011 iAWFUL List

Sept-2010 iAWFUL List

Feb-2010 iAWFUL List

Aug-2009 iAWFUL List

Inaugural iAWFUL List: June 2009

Privacy legislation that sets information collection defaults will harm the growth of online commerce.