Now that the United States Senate has voted 69-27 to allow states to compel online retailers to collect sales tax even when they have no physical presence in a state where a shopper is located, will we see pushback strengthen?
The bill moves to the U.S. House of Representatives, where politicos expect a tougher fight. Lobbyists including former lawmakers and governors have been hired by supporters of the bill to push it to victory and into law. President Barack Obama has already declared his support for the measure.
The “Marketplace Fairness Act” has the support of some of the nation’s largest retailers. Online giant Amazon.com backs it as do many traditional “brick-and-mortar” retailers including the world’s largest, Walmart. Smaller brick-and-mortar retailers also support the bill, arguing it is unfair they must charge sales tax on all their sales while online and catalog retailers must charge sales tax only on sales that originate in states where they have a physical presence.
The California Supreme Court has given a victory to taxpayers in its unanimous ruling that the City of Long Beach must recognize class claims to refund illegally collected telephone taxes.
McWilliams v. City of Long Beach revolved around the city’s refusal to refund the tax except to individual taxpayers who demanded their money back. An earlier Court of Appeal ruling sided with Long Beach resident and plaintiff John W. McWilliams. In 2006 he filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of Long Beach...
Last week Google went shopping at a dollar store — and came away with a fiber system.
According to the April 18 Associated Press: "Google Inc. will pay $1 for a municipal fiber-optic system that cost $39 million to build, according to terms of the Internet company's agreement with Provo."
That's Provo, Utah.
The Provo acquisition looks like a good deal for cash-rich Google, which, by the way, said last week that it earned $3.3 billion during the first three months of this year. According to the...
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