Reuters – U.S. Supreme Court takes up state online sales tax dispute

Reuters – U.S. Supreme Court takes up state online sales tax dispute

‘UNREASONABLE TAX BURDENS’

Steve DelBianco, president of e-commerce trade association NetChoice, expressed disappointment about the court taking up the case.

“It’s not the decision we sought, but we’re glad the nation’s highest court will learn how new state laws are imposing unreasonable tax burdens on out-of-state businesses,” DelBianco said.

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Desert Sun – Supreme Court will decide if online retailers must collect sales tax

Desert Sun – Supreme Court will decide if online retailers must collect sales tax

Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice, an association of online businesses and consumers, said the justices “will learn how new state laws are imposing unreasonable tax burdens on out-of-state businesses.”

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eCommerce Bytes – Supreme Court to Hear Online Sales Tax Argument

eCommerce Bytes – Supreme Court to Hear Online Sales Tax Argument

Meanwhile ecommerce trade group NetChoice says states already have a way to collect taxes on purchases made by residents from out-of-state retailers – they require their own citizens to pay “use” tax for transactions in which out-of-state retailers don’t collect the “sales” tax.
NetChoice Executive Director Steve DelBianco has said many thousands of smaller businesses would bear disproportionate burdens and costs if they are forced to become tax collectors for 12,000 jurisdictions across 46 states.

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BNA Bloomberg – Federal Audit: States Losing Billions to Tax-Free Online Sales

BNA Bloomberg – Federal Audit: States Losing Billions to Tax-Free Online Sales

Steve DelBianco, president and CEO of NetChoice, a Washington-based internet commerce trade association, shared Moylan’s opinion about the small revenue recovery.

“GAO’s report is comprehensive and credible, and should be subtitled as ‘This Juice Is Just Not Worth The Squeeze,’ since states would add less than 1 percent to their total state and local tax revenue, but would impose significant costs and risks on small businesses using the web to reach customers,” DelBianco told Bloomberg Tax in an email.

NetChoice and the NTUF were two of six organizations that filed friend-of-the-court briefs in support of a brief in opposition—from e-commerce companies Wayfair Inc., Overstock.com Inc., and Newegg Inc.—that argued that the U.S. Supreme Court should deny South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley’s (R) request for review of a state Supreme Court ruling that found the state’s “economic nexus” law, S.B. 106 (codified as S.D. Codified Laws Chapter 10-64), unconstitutional under Quill.

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Innovation and success must remain our economic foundation

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.

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Small Business Advocate Radio – News on the long-running Internet sales tax debate

Small Business Advocate Radio – News on the long-running Internet sales tax debate

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Don’t Surrender Free Speech in Effort to Regulate Online Political Ads

There has been much speculation about the online advertisements placed by Russian agents in last year’s presidential election. Was this a plot to swing the outcome? Or was it an effort to create chaos and divide our country?

Whatever the reason, there is one thing we can all agree on: foreign meddling in the domestic affairs of the United States cannot be tolerated and must be stopped.

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BNA Bloomberg – Will Goodlatte’s Retirement Lead to Federal Digital Tax Solution?

BNA Bloomberg – Will Goodlatte’s Retirement Lead to Federal Digital Tax Solution?

However, the congressman has nearly a year left on Capitol Hill, a period of time that won’t go to waste, Steve DelBianco, president and CEO of NetChoice, a Washington-based internet commerce trade association, told Bloomberg Tax.

“There is still plenty of time for Goodlatte to cement his legacy as a thoughtful and principled leader, and I expect he will be central to the internet tax debate right through his last day in Congress,” DelBianco said, adding that “court consideration of Quill will remind everyone that the Constitution gives Congress the power to regulate interstate commerce.”

DelBianco noted that due to GOP self-imposed term limits, Goodlatte would’ve relinquished his chairmanship at the close of the 115th Congress anyway.

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Washington Post – Internet companies drop opposition to bill targeting online sex trafficking

Washington Post – Internet companies drop opposition to bill targeting online sex trafficking

NetChoice, another Internet trade group that has brought lawsuits against state laws imposing sales tax mandates and privacy restrictions, used former congressman Chris Cox, who co-wrote the Communications Decency Act, to testify in the House last month that there were better ways to address the problem.

Steve DelBianco, president of NetChoice, said Monday that it was “good to see the progress made from collaborative efforts on all sides,” but that the group still favored using existing laws to go after online traffickers, as Cox advocated. “Federal prosecutors are apparently having trouble bringing sex traffickers to justice — even though they’re explicitly unhindered by Section 230″ of the Communications Decency Act, DelBianco said. “We need stronger legal remedies than just amending” the anti-sex-trafficking statute, he added.

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