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 reintroduction of each of the alternatives,” he says.

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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 bands and other acts via its Live Nation Entertainment Group and then dipped into the discretionary income of consumers, charging fees per ticket sale on the primary market.

Now, the company has its sights set on a new challenge: the triple dip.

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BNA Bloomberg - Most Colorado Residents Oppose Reporting Law: NetChoice

“Colorado consumers are in for a rude privacy shock when this law goes into full effect,” Steve DelBianco, NetChoice Executive Director, said in a statement. “In many cases, linking a particular retailer to a specific customer will give the state information on that individual’s health concerns, political leanings, sexual orientation, personal tastes, and financial circumstances.”

By collecting and reporting shipping addresses, the state will learn when Colorado consumers have their purchases delivered to a different address than where they live, “potentially revealing personal and very private relationships,” DelBianco said.

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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., one of the top 50 online retailers in the country, and Colony Brands Inc., one of the top 200—told Bloomberg BNA they wouldn’t be coerced into collecting and remitting sales and use taxes in Colorado, a state where they have no physical presence. Some interests had thought the reporting requirement might motivate companies to go ahead and collect the taxes as well, but the  executives said otherwise.

“Overstock will not be voluntarily collecting and remitting in a state where we don’t have physical presence,” Jonathan Johnson, chairman of the board at Overstock.com, told Bloomberg BNA Jan. 19. “We’ll report to the state and give notice. We’re not going to do something voluntarily that we think is wrong.”

“It’s pretty black and white to us this is blatantly unconstitutional, and flies in the face of the interstate commerce clause,” said Don Hughes, chief financial officer at Colony Brands Inc. in Monroe, Wis. “We’re not going to comply with taxation without representation.” Read more

Richmond Times Dispatch - Markus Schmidt: Albo bill could clear hurdle for resale of concert tickets

Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a Washington-based trade association of e-commerce businesses and online consumers, said that while the delegate’s proposal is brief, it would protect consumers’ rights.

“When people buy an event ticket they can give that away as they please,” DelBianco said. “While the bill doesn’t prohibit (Ticketmaster) from issuing these restrictive tickets, they also have to issue a transferable ticket, giving fans a choice.”

Ticketmaster and LNE have yet to respond to Albo’s proposal, but DelBianco said the companies might not be opposed to removing the roadblocks they created eight years ago — because they can now rely on a new federal law that prohibits cyber scalpers from using bots to scoop up thousands of tickets for popular sporting events, concerts and theater performances to resell on other websites.

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Richmond Times Dispatch - Stuck with a paperless ticket to a game or show? Albo bill would make it easier to sell in Va.

“Restricted ticketing is not a surgical solution, it’s a treatment that’s worse than the disease,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a Washington-based trade association of e-commerce businesses and online consumers who share the goal of promoting convenience, choice and commerce on the net.

Albo’s measure would protect the right of Virginians to buy an event ticket and to give it away as they please, DelBianco said.

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Steve DelBianco speaks with Small Business Radio

Part 1: We’re losing the battle for online taxes and consumer privacy

Part 2: The ongoing war for privacy and security in the cloud

Part 3: How much online freedom did you lose in 2016?

Inside Sources - Amazon Reports Record Year As Congress Examines Online Sales Tax

“Forcing small and mid-sized internet and catalog retailers to navigate the vagaries of thousands of arcane tax jurisdictions, including varying definitions and sales tax holidays, could lead many to stop selling in some states. That would reduce consumer choice and competition,” Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade association that represents online retailers, wrote in November.

DelBianco and other retailers have expressed support for a hybrid approach from Goodlatte dubbed the Online Sales Simplification Act. The act, so far only released in draft form, makes online retailers subject to tax rules and audits only in states where they have a physical presence.

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The Register - If you bought a dildo in Denver, the government must legally be told

The executive director of NetChoice – a trade association of e-commerce businesses that includes eBay, PayPal, Google and Facebook as members – Steve DelBianco, said the decision “set the stage for a rude privacy shock to American consumers.”

“State governments will receive data about residents’ purchases, including personal health products and politically-themed books and movies,” DelBianco noted.

At the moment all of this has only really been noticed by the legal profession and e-commerce policy wonks, but as NetChoice executive director DelBianco noted, now that it is law, it’s almost certainly going to come as a “rude privacy shock” to people living across the country.

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Wall Street Journal - High Court Sidesteps Fight on Online Sales Tax Rules

“States will now be unrestrained in passing new ‘tattletale reporting’ laws that force online and catalog retailers to report personal information and purchase data to state tax collectors,” said Steve DelBianco, executive director of NetChoice, a trade group representing internet commerce companies.

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