July 27, 2010

16th June 2010 - The Great Hall of Parliament House again attracted a host of journalistic, political and corporate chiefs to the spectacular and exciting 2010 Mid Winter Ball. Despite the then Prime Minister Mr. Rudd and daughter turning heads, the star of the night was the money raised for four inspirational charities.

July 27, 2010

A bill before Congress would require online businesses like eBay and its sellers to collect sales taxes — for 45 states and as many as 15,000 local jurisdictions. This is not the time to introduce a new tax. Sign the petition and say NO to new Internet tax burdens.


July 21, 2010

"The ticket resale market creates opportunities for many more fans to attend an event.

July 20, 2010

eBay\'s Tod Cohen, Vice President of Global Government Relations, argues that a streamlined sales tax will unfairly burden small business owners, in a letter to the editor published in the Wisconsin State Journal.  Many small retailers turn to the Internet and sites like eBay as a way to compete with large retailers.  Forcing them to comply with tax jurisdictions around the country will add additional costs to running their business.

July 15, 2010

Craig of Craigslist and other Internet “stars” have teamed up with the Open Internet Coalition to serve as judges for the “America’s Got Net” video competition. The nationwide contest is seeking small businesses, non-profits and individuals to create short videos to tell policymakers in Washington what the open Internet means to them and why it must be protected.

July 13, 2010

A group of states calling themselves the Streamlined Sales Tax Project (SSTP) is lobbying Congress to give them the authority to require out of state businesses to collect and remit sales taxes for Internet commerce. The complex rules and tax rates could be regularly modified and changed by a Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, comprised of a group of state tax officials from the member states.

July 2, 2010

Tod Cohen, Vice President for Government Relations and Deputy General Counsel at eBay Inc, made the following statement upon the introduction of legislation to expand sales tax collection on the Internet, H.R. 5660 by Congressman Bill Delahunt (D-MA).

“Year after year supporters of increased Internet sales taxes recommend legislation that would impose significant new costs on hundreds of thousands of online small businesses and ecommerce entrepreneurs, which is sure to harm the economy and kill small business jobs.

June 30, 2010

Tod Cohen, Vice President of Government Relations and Deputy General Counsel at eBay published a letter to the editor in the Kansas City Star in response to their article, When tax-free is hardly free: States, shops pay the price.

Below is Tod\'s letter:

Internet tax wrong

June 29, 2010

On Monday, June 21, 2010 Representative Lee Terry (R-2-NE) visited the PayPal office in LaVista, Nebraska. During his visit, Terry spent time talking with the PayPal global operations executive staff, listening to customer calls with a member of the customer support team and speaking to a large group of employees in a town hall style forum. At the forum, Rep. Terry took audience questions on topics ranging from the Internet sales tax to balancing the federal budget.