Kudos to the state of Arizona State for proving that innovative problem solving is alive and well in the Grand Canyon State.
This past week, Governor Ducey signed into law landmark legislation that creates a blueprint for how all states should handle home sharing platforms such as HomeAway and Airbnb. Not willing to rely on out-of-date, arcane regulation, created long before the first .com, Arizona chose the path of regulatory and legislative disruption. The result was Senate Bill 1350. Read more
Debating Internet Sales Taxes – Steve DelBianco (NetChoice) v UT Sen. Curt Bramble (NSCL)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
PANEL: Alissa Cooper, Distinguished Engineer, Cisco; Steve DelBianco, Executive Director, NetChoice; David Redl, Counsel, U.S House Committee on Energy and Commerce; Greg Shatan, Partner, Abelman Frayne & Schwab; Chris Wilson, Vice President, Government Affairs, 21st Century Fox. MODERATOR: Laura DeNardis American University
Our nation’s schools have always been responsible for providing a safe educational environment for our children. Today, technology in the classroom is making our schools face challenges meeting that responsibility.
But some believe schools must choose between privacy and technology. This is a false choice. Parents, schools, students, and lawmakers can have both – it’s just a matter of crafting the right policy.
Having worked for an FTC commissioner, I’ve seen first hand the commission’s regulatory successes. Imbued with the powers of competitive oversight and consumer protection, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) was a beacon for other governmental agencies.
Unfortunately, times have changed. The commission’s recent obsession with media exposure has darkened the FTC’s luminescence. The FTC has forgotten its core foundational tenet: identify practices that actually harm consumers.
When you look at your mobile and home internet bills, have you ever noticed the taxes and fees section?
Well if some in Congress get their way, these taxes could be even higher — with many of us paying an extra $20 per month for online access
(18% tax rate on home internet and mobile bills totaling $110 per month). Read more
Steve DelBianco speaks about internet sales tax issues.
As Congress weighs Internet sales tax proposals, it should look to Europe’s unpleasant experience with the Value Added Tax (VAT) system for guidance on what not to do.
The European Commission (EC) is calling for major reform of its current tax collection system for its 28 member countries because the VAT has proven harmful to retailers and is slowing cross-border purchases. Now the EC is advocating for a tax structure based not on where the buyer is (as is currently the case), but on where the seller is, helping to create what it calls a “Single Digital Market.”
When I ask my 3-year old, “why did the boy cry wolf?” he answered, “for attention of course.” It’s a simple enough story with a basic message. Too bad the attorneys at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) didn’t learn that tale when they were youngsters.