Tax law

Amazing times for Amazon, Alibaba, Hasbro — plus robot legs as a growth industry

November 15th 2014

It was an unexpectedly sweet week for ecommerce, thanks to an unexpected gift from House Republicans and single people in China. We also saw a bold content play with Hasbro courting DreamWorks, and an even bolder move of an auto parts manufacturer re-inventing its self as an innovative maker of robotic legs.

Heading to Chicago to Speak on Digital Best Practices at BMA

April 27th 2009

I’m thrilled to be heading to Chicago in June speak at the Business Marketing Association’s Annual Meeting. As you can see, the conference theme is to un-learn and empower brands to better adapt to the dramatically changing world of B-to-B marketing. The “dynamic personalization” dream team Last fall I was part of a really fun […]

Nexus, Schmexus…New York Wants Digital Download Tax

February 20th 2009

The Governor of the State of New York wants to address their $15 billion deficit by taxing, well, almost everything. Among the specifics is the taxing of digital downloads. The so-called “iPod Tax” would be 4 percent on all music and video downloads. For years, we’ve been waiting for the axe to drop on e-commerce […]

Should Avatars Be Issued 1099-MISCs and Pay Taxes?

January 22nd 2009

Avatars may not be taxed directly yet, but their creators may soon be. China and Australia are already experimenting with taxation of sales in virtual worlds. Now, in the US, the IRS’s “taxpayer advocate” has encouraged the service to consider taxation in virtual worlds. The Washington Post suggests the IRS could improve voluntary tax compliance […]

Quick Links: Cameras, Taxes and Trojans

January 17th 2009

Web Videos of Oakland Shooting Fuel Protests “The devices people carry in their pockets give them the ability to turn what would normally be a case played out in the courtroom into one in which anyone with an Internet connection can serve as virtual judge and jury.” This both shows how online movements start, and […]

Online Tax Drives New Complexity and Costs: Havens Remain

August 25th 2008

As state real estate and income tax collections head downward, tax collectors have turned their gaze toward online commerce. At the same time, a few states are emerging as havens from taxation. New York Goes After Affiliate Marketers with the Amazon Tax New York implemented the so-called Amazon tax. It seeks to change the common […]

New York Requires Online Stores to Start Collecting Sales Tax

June 2nd 2008

As reported back in November, the State of New York is now requiring e-commerce sites “doing business in the state” to collect sales tax. New Yorkers were previously required to pay sales tax, but previous court rulings had exempted out of state sites from being required to collect that tax, unless they had sufficient manpower […]

Los Angeles County’s New Revenue Source: Copyright Infringement

May 19th 2008

Whenever a governmental body makes a statement that voices support for an ethical principle, you should look for the real underlying reason: money. In a recent meeting, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors stated that copyright infringement “substantially interferes with the interest of the public in the quality of life and community peace, lawful […]

Italian Government Posts Everyone’s Tax Data to the Web

May 5th 2008

Last week the Italian tax office posted the names, addresses, income and tax status of every single Italian citizen on a public website. No kidding. They performed this public service just days before the outgoing centre-left Prodi government was due to leave office. Tax officials explained this was “to allow the free circulation of information […]

Presumptive-guilt-based Broadband Tax Floated

March 23rd 2008

At this year’s SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, an idea was floated that was supposed to “monetize anarchy” found in the music industry vis-à-vis illegal copying. The idea: a five dollar monthly surcharge on broadband internet service as a royalty for downloading music illegally. This is also known as a “utility model.” But […]