Entries by Steve DelBianco

WBUR – Mass. Will Collect Sales Taxes On Online Purchases July 1 (If There’s Not A Legal Fight First)

WBUR – Mass. Will Collect Sales Taxes On Online Purchases July 1 (If There’s Not A Legal Fight First) Steve DelBianco is on the shameless side. He leads NetChoice, a national trade association representing e-commerce and online businesses. “Massachusetts has this unique theory of electronic presence,” DelBianco said. “But under that theory, your business is […]

Internet Retailer – The online sales tax may see new life in Congress

Internet Retailer – The online sales tax may see new life in Congress Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a group that represents e-retailers and actively champions the Online Sales Tax Simplification Act option, says he expects Congress to resurrect prior legislation. “There is not yet movement towards a compromise bill, so I would expect […]

Don’t let ticket companies take a fundamental freedom in Virginia

Twenty-five years ago, Seinfeld warned us of the dangers of double-dipping. However, double-dipping is not relegated only to hors d’oeuvres and sitcoms. In the real world, Ticketmaster has perfected the double dip, reaping billions of dollars by managing events and selling tickets on the primary market. For years, Ticketmaster has dipped into the revenues of […]

Overstock, Others Will Report, Not Collect Colorado Tax

BNA Bloomberg – Overstock, Others Will Report, Not Collect Colorado Tax By Tripp Baltz Two major internet retail companies said they will comply with Colorado’s reporting and notice law, but won’t go further to collect and remit the state’s sales and use taxes on remote sales.        High-ranking executives at the companies—Overstock.com Inc., […]

The Lame Duck Is No Time to Cripple Internet Commerce

Online and catalog retailers around the country have made it clear to Congress that a radical remote sales tax mandate would cause severe hardships for their businesses and consumers across the United States. As we enter the “lame duck,” the post-election session of this Congress, we are likely to see an effort to pass the […]

Retailers unite! Counter divide-and-conquer tactics on online sales tax

If other states copy a South Dakota law, businesses would face sales tax audits from across the country and costly software changes. Divide-and-conquer is a tried-and-true strategy to defeat a superior enemy. It works in war and in business, but perhaps nowhere more so than in politics.  When it comes to online sales tax, state […]