Internet Sales Tax DelBianco v Bramble

Debating Internet Sales Taxes – Steve DelBianco (NetChoice) v UT Sen. Curt Bramble (NSCL)

 

Denver Post – A level playing field for fantasy sports in Colorado

More than 2.5 million fans are expected to attend games at Coors Field this season. And many are expected to be playing along on their computers and smartphones, too, with fantasy sports enhancing the fan experience like never before.

That is why Colorado lawmakers are on the right track with proposed legislation to preserve fans’ access to these services.

READ More at Denver Post

Why this tax bill is unfair

April 15 is one of the least liked and certainly the most expensive days of the year for many Americans. It is Tax Day when we all must ensure that we have paid our fair share. But, if big-box retailers get their way, every day will be tax day for small online sellers.

At both the federal and state levels big box stores are lobbying for new unfair taxes on our nation’s small internet retailers.

Read More at CNBC.com

Steve DelBianco testifies before the U.S. House Energy Committee – Privatizing the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority

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Let Me use HomeAway and Airbnb!

Open the Door to Home Sharing in Montgomery County

With its central location to the historic cities of Washington, DC and Baltimore, Montgomery County (MoCo) has consistently maintained a vibrant real estate market and a robust business travel and tourist economy.

The converging of expensive home prices and high real estate taxes with visitor demand makes MoCo an ideal locale for home sharing — a way for homeowners to earn additional revenue through the short-term renting of their properties. Read more

When it comes to the sharing economy, some are Lost in Austin

In 2015, Austin was ranked the “Best City to Live in” by WalletHub, a personal-finance forum. However, some members of the 2016 Austin City Council seem to have forgotten that the city’s ability to embrace and foster innovation is what has made the city great.

Read more at Austin American-Statesman

Utah Citizens: Internet Sales Tax System Works Fine, Don’t Mess With It

Sixty-seven percent said that imposing sales tax obligations on businesses that have no physical presence in the state would amount to a statewide sales increase.

Sixty-seven percent of Utahns said the “issue has largely solved itself and requiring small merchants to collect and send taxes to 46 states is overly burdensome.” Only 16 percent said there “should be federal or state laws that require merchants large and small to collect and pay taxes to tax collection agencies in nearly every state.”

Utahns support the current online sales tax system. An overwhelming 78 percent said that the current system is “fine, I like it as it is.” Only 8 percent said “it needs to change. More purchases should be taxed.”

Read the Polling at NetChoice.org/UtahTaxPoll

Steve DelBianco – Philadelphia Inquirer – Uber, Lyft are safe

Emails between taxi medallion owners and the Philadelphia Parking Authority have revealed a too-cozy relationship between the regulated and the regulator (“Taxis, PPA join against Uber,” Thursday). Shrugging it off as business as usual only justifies bad behavior.

Read More at The Philadelphia Inquirer 

The Hill – European courts should provide a clear ‘Safe Harbor’ for the Internet

To watch BBC News or send online messages to European friends, data must flow across the Atlantic. The EU-U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement makes these data transfers possible – but this might soon change.

We could soon see “cyber-fences” between the U.S. and EU if negotiators from both sides fail to adopt a new agreement by the end of the month.

Read more at The Hill

Austin on verge of dealing a big blow to sharing economy, and this has nothing to do with Uber

For the past three years, Austinites have enjoyed all the inherent freedoms of home ownership. But some of those freedoms could vanish if the Austin City Council passes City Code 25 on Thursday.
In 2013, Austin led the state, and the nation, in adopting sensible short-term rental regulations. This allowed homeowners across the city to offer short-term rentals to visitors and Austinites.

Read More at Austin Business Journal