INTA Members Bulletin - INTA Members Advocate for Trademarks at ICANN 62

The highlight of the day was the closing panel, which addressed the topic titled “Should the U.S. Opt In to Europe’s Privacy Regime?” moderated by Steve DelBianco, President of NetChoice, a trade association of e-commerce businesses and online consumers, all of whom share the goal of promoting convenience, choice, and commerce on the Internet. The debate featured many of the questions that INTA members face as they find ways to increase their brand value and customer experience across a variety of media.

The Daily Caller - Removing Alex Jones from Social Media Isn't About the First Amendment

Content moderation can be controversial, as demonstrated earlier this week when leading online platforms removed content and accounts posted by Alex Jones and his media property “Infowars.”

Many conservatives contend that the removal of Alex Jones’s content violated his freedom of speech. Ironically, these are often the same people that argue private businesses should be able to operate the way they want.

Private entities, including online platforms, are not bound by the first amendment, which applies only to action by the government. Private actors are bound by corporate policies and market forces.

Brookeville Times - US Top Court Lets States Force Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax

On the other hand, small internet businesses will lose out because of the increased compliance costs, said Chris Cox, a lawyer for e-commerce industry group NetChoice.

Bloomberg BNA - State Tax Bogeyman Real or Overhyped After Online Tax Ruling?

Alongside retroactivity, e-retailers and trade association representing e-commerce, such as Washington-based NetChoice have openly decried Oct. 1 start dates for sales tax collections. Currently, nine states have announced an Oct. 1 implementation date for their South Dakota-esque online tax regimes.

Avalara - Call for Sales Tax Simplification

The ecommerce association NetChoice wants sales tax compliance for businesses to be simpler. As a founding member of the coalition for True Simplification of Taxation (TruST), this hardly comes as a surprise. But its calls for simplification have grown louder since the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that states can require out-of-state businesses to collect and remit sales tax. Prior to the court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., a state could impose a tax collection obligation only on businesses with a physical presence in the state.

On July 24, the House Judiciary Committee met to discuss the ramifications of the Wayfair decision. NetChoice was not among the witnesses. Nonetheless, the organization’s president Steve DelBianco submitted an 11-page statement to the hearing’s written record. It suggests Congress “use its constitutional authority to protect interstate commerce by restoring the physical presence rule.”

Should Congress allow the taxation of remote sales to persist, NetChoice asks Congress to allow states to impose sales tax on remote businesses — “but only if states adopt minimum simplifications stipulated by Congress.”

Bloomberg BNA - New Digital Tax Bill in Wings at Congress: State Official

State and industry groups like NetChoice Inc. held a roundtable July 26 at the MTC’s annual meeting in Boston, and MTC executive director Greg Matson said that later this week that the commission, the Federation of Tax Administrators, and the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Governing Board Inc. would have a forward-looking discussion with the National Governors Association and the NCSL.

Route Fifty - A Taxing Issue for State Legislators (NetChoice Op-ed)

Route Fifty – A Taxing Issue for State Legislators (NetChoice Op-ed)

This week, lawmakers from across the country convene in Los Angeles for the National Conference of State Legislatures, where they will hopefully attend to threats to America’s small businesses and consumers from an onslaught of new internet sales tax obligations.

 

Bloomberg BNA - State of Wayfair: Tax Groups to Hold Huddle on High Court Ruling

The states groups and those representing online sellers like NetChoice, Inc. are pushing to clarify the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair—which tossed out Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, the court’s 1992 physical presence threshold for when states could tax remote sales. States are expected to become even more active in taxing online sales after the ruling, and retail groups have been urging states and conformity-focused groups like the MTC to consider simplifying their schemes and approaching implementation cautiously.

The MTC will also be considering simplification measures suggested by Isaacson; Steve DelBianco, president and CEO of NetChoice, a Washington-based trade association representing e-commerce businesses and online consumers; and Hamilton Davison, president and executive director of the American Catalog Mailers Association (ACMA) in Providence, R.I.

Brookville Times - US court backs states over web sales tax

But NetChoice, a trade association for e-commerce firms, warned small businesses would have trouble complying with the different tax requirements in each state.

The group described the decision as a “body blow” to customers and small online businesses.

“Consumers will quickly feel the negative effects as those businesses dry up or are forced into the arms of Internet giants,” said Chris Cox, NetChoice outside counsel.

Multi Channel Merchant - Merchant, State Groups Look to Come to Terms in Wake of Wayfair Decision

Representatives from the American Catalog Mailers Association (ACMA), NetChoice – representing ecommerce sellers – and the Multistate Tax Commission (MTC) met in Boston on July 25 at MTC’s annual meeting to begin a dialog about a way forward that ensures an equitable, fair and efficient process for out-of-state tax imposition and collection.