Entries by Carl Szabo

The regulatory landscape facing ride-share drivers

Technology has given us more freedom to choose the way we work, live, travel, and shop.  But many Americans are hitting bureaucratic roadblocks on their way find full-and part-time work with peer-to-peer services like Lyft, Postmates, and Handy.  These roadblocks are not just bad for workers, but also for consumers, commerce, and the tax revenue […]

Accounting Today – The future of online sales tax: What if they fail to kill Quill?

Accounting Today – The future of online sales tax: What if they fail to kill Quill? Steve DelBianco, executive director at NetChoice, said there are three scenarios in a “keep Quill” landscape: States will claim that Quill doesn’t apply to specific taxes, such as Ohio’s commercial activity tax and Washington’s gross receipts tax. In November […]

Hoosier Internet sales tax bill is ill advised

The U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent protect Indiana’s businesses from the scourge of Chicago and New York tax collectors. Today, Indiana businesses, whether selling online, over the phone or via catalog, only must collect sales taxes for purchases to Indiana consumers. The businesses only must file taxes with the Indiana tax collectors and face […]

State Tax Notes – Tennessee Officials Push for Adoption of Remote Sales Tax Regulation

State Tax Notes – Tennessee Officials Push for Adoption of Remote Sales Tax Regulation Opponents claimed the issue isn’t so black and white. Carl Szabo, senior policy counsel at NetChoice, argued that numerous out-of-state online retailers are already collecting sales tax and remitting it to Tennessee. He also argued the rule would be bad for […]

State Legislature’s Magazine – Smile, the Camera’s on You

State Legislature’s Magazine – Smile, the Camera’s on You Carl Szabo, a senior policy counsel at NetChoice, an association for online companies, says that because “the legislative process cannot move at the speed of technology,” the industry has recently published privacy guidelines for the use facial recognition. They recommend businesses: Be transparent about using the […]

Why is San Francisco trying to strangle its golden goose?

Detroit doesn’t place burdensome regulations on automobile manufacturers; Idaho doesn’t put undue restrictions and hurdles in front of potato farmers; and California takes steps to protect its farmers — because these industries are part of the lifeblood and identity of their respective states. These industries do more than just create jobs, tax revenue and prestige […]