Today we published our September 2011 “iAWFUL” list of bad Internet laws. The worst offenders are new burdens on small businesses using the Internet, plus a Puerto Rico bill restricting how 17-year-olds can use social networking.
Youu can tell a lot about whether a lawmaker is proud of a bill by watching how and when they introduce it. If you’re at a big press conference in the morning, early in the week, with lots of reporters around, you can be pretty sure the lawmaker behind the bill feels pretty good about it.
So what does it say about the so called “Main Street Fairness Act” that Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) chose to slip the measure into the legislative agenda on a Friday afternoon, at the end of July, right in the middle of an apocalyptic congressional battle over the debt ceiling? Read more
Basic hunting safety has two rules:
1.Know how to handle a gun without hurting yourself, and
2. Ready, Aim, then Fire.
Same rules ought to apply when states go hunting for new tax revenue. Lawmakers first need to understand where potential tax revenue is hiding and how to get it in their sights. Then they create legislation that minimizes collection costs. Read more
Ever heard of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act? Well § 230 created the foundation on which today’s user-generated-content sites like AOL forums, LinkedIn, and Facebook were built. That little law creates the protections for online businesses to host content without the legal liability for the content added by users. Read more
Rhode Island, at only 1,214 square miles, avoided making a big mistake by removing a tax on digital goods from its budget. Rather than placing it in its legislation, Rhode Island attempted to slip through a tax on digital goods as part of the state’s budget.
We see it throughout sports. The “star player” getting traded for some quick fixes to the team. But it’s that star player that makes people want to come play – think Kobe Bryant for the Lakers, or Drew Brees for the Saints. People want to play with the star players. And the star players are the ones that bring fans to the games and sell the jerseys.
Today I testified before the DC Council’s Finance Committee on the District’s “Internet Sales Taxes” and “Main Street Fairness” amendments. These amendments require all out-of-state sellers, even those with no physical presence in DC, to collect and remit sales taxes for sales into the District.
Over 5,000 small sellers have joined together to oppose California’s affiliate nexus bill, AB 153.
This legislation attempts to force out-of-state sellers to collect California taxes on sales to state residents. Presently, the US Supreme Court regards state sales tax systems as unreasonable burdens on interstate commerce, so sellers only have to collect taxes for states where they have a physical presence.
We recognize that now is a period of economic discomfort for the states, where lawmakers are searching for new sources of tax revenue. However, the pursuit of tax revenue is no excuse for legislation that disregards the very document on which this nation is founded.
This latest dis’ of the US Constitution comes in the form of Alabama’s tax reporting bill, HB 365.
There’s a fairy tale where a king who’s fallen on hard times is visited by a shadowy figure whispering advice in the king’s ear. And before long, the King loses all the good things about his kingdom and the advisor takes control. Read more
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NetChoice engages in federal and state efforts to breakdown the barriers to e-commerce. Whether this involves dealing with taxes on the Internet and goods through the Internet, non-tech neutral privacy initiatives, or other international Internet issues, NetChoice will weigh in to protect the free operation of e-commerce.