Carl Szabo, vice president of Net Choice, an e-commerce trade association, says it cuts both ways.
For example, he says a smaller Main Street business that decides to go online and sell would be forced to comply immediately with thousands of tax jurisdictions.
“We’re trying to make sure that states can’t reach across their borders, and tax collectors in Boston can’t impose burdens on Buffalo businesses,” said Szabo.
What if there was a bill that would make it easier for federal, state, and local law enforcement to prosecute sex-traffickers?
What if the bill applied to sex-traffickers in back-alley streets or back-alley websites?
What if the bill provided victims with automatic compensation, saving victims the pain and cost of a civil trial?
What if the bill had the support of law enforcement groups like: the FBI Agents Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Major Cities Chiefs Association, and National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys? Read more
Now is the Time to Pass the Congressional House Bill, Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA)
Thursday is National Human Trafficking Awareness day, to raise concern about one of the most heinous crimes occurring here and abroad. This modern-day sex slavery must be stopped.
This means that we must arm law enforcement and prosecutors with the legal tools to take actions against sex trafficking criminals.
To that end, Congressman Ann Wagner and Chairman Bob Goodlatte sponsored the Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (FOSTA) — legislation designed to give state, local, and federal prosecutors new ways to take down and imprison sex traffickers — whether they are selling on our streets or over the internet. Read more
“I really worry about the impact on small to mid-sized businesses. This would unleash tax collectors to pursue them all over the country. And they may not to be able to absorb the compliance cost,” said Carl Szabo, general counsel for NetChoice, a trade association for online businesses. He said small, web-based firms could face tax audits not just from 45 states, but from the thousands of municipalities with their own sales taxes.
Although the new letter does not mention the tech industry’s role, some advocates point out that the language in the amendment closely mirrors a suggestion made by Chris Cox, a former congressman and lobbyist who serves as outside counsel for NetChoice, an advocacy group funded in part by Google. NetChoice declined to say whether Google was one of its larger donors, but noted that it has two dozen members. “We don’t speak for any one member, not do we represent any members,” spokesperson Carl Szabo, the group’s vice president, told WIRED.
If there is one word that could sum up the current political climate, it is frustration. And that frustration takes many forms.
There are, understandably, many Americans who feel frustrated about being left behind in the internet era, and fearful of being swamped by waves of emerging technologies.
But we also have many old-economy companies and bureaucrats who view new-economy businesses as a threat to their decades-long dominance of certain markets. And these legacy companies are doing everything they can to protect their privileged position in established markets.