WBUR – Mass. Will Collect Sales Taxes On Online Purchases July 1 (If There’s Not A Legal Fight First)

WBUR – Mass. Will Collect Sales Taxes On Online Purchases July 1 (If There’s Not A Legal Fight First)

Steve DelBianco is on the shameless side. He leads NetChoice, a national trade association representing e-commerce and online businesses.

“Massachusetts has this unique theory of electronic presence,” DelBianco said. “But under that theory, your business is subject to the taxation [and] regulation in any state where a user simply enters your website address. That can’t hold up to legal scrutiny, ’cause it certainly doesn’t hold up to common sense.”

For DelBianco, the only option left is a legal challenge to fight the idea that a cookie on your computer is the same thing as a storefront on Newbury Street. He said his group has sued a number of other states for online sales tax laws and he’s looking at a legal fight in Massachusetts too.

“We’re researching the legal arguments and raising the funds to pursue a lawsuit right now,” DelBianco said. He said it’s “too soon to say when we’ll be ready.”

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Steve DelBianco talks with Small Business Advocate on the Future of the Internet

Segment 1: What will the Internet look like in five years

 

Segment 2: Do we have anything to fear from impending ICANN changes?

 

Segment 3: Is an Internet sales tax inevitable?

Kojo Nnamdi Show – Taxing Your Online Shopping Spree

Steve DelBianco speaks about internet sales tax issues.

Link to Kojo Nnamdi 

Carl speaks with TPA – Taxpayer Watch, November 24, 2015: TPA’s Taxpayer Turkeys of 2015!

Carl Szabo Speak about Facial Recognition on NPR’s On Point

 

The Computer Will (Literally) See You Now

Small Business Radio – Will Internet sales tax become federal law?

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Webmaster Radio – Gamergate and I Am Sarkeesian; News Out Of ICANN 51

Webmaster Radio – Gamergate and I Am Sarkeesian; News Out Of ICANN 51

Steve DelBianco speaks about ICANN at 30 minute mark.

NPR – Profits, Privacy and Your Personal Data

Carl Szabo speaks on NPR panel on Big Data

Edward Snowden’s revelations about Internet spying by the National Security Agency put pressure on the Obama White House. Last week, it issued two reports — not on privacy threats from the NSA, but from corporations that use the same techniques for collecting what’s called “meta data” from America’s millions of Internet users. It’s focusing on the way private companies find patterns in your online habits to create a “digital persona” you don’t even know about. The goal is not just to market products you might like. It’s also used to predict whether you’re a good credit risk, job prospect or candidate for insurance. Privacy advocates welcome proposals for regulation, but Silicon Valley’s saying, “Not so fast.”  We hear from both sides.

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