| Dec. 9, 2014, 7:11 p.m.
If certain members of Congress and President Barack Obama have their way, 2014 may very well be remembered as the year we started taxing the Internet. The good news is that the passage of Internet sales tax legislation appears unlikely — at least for the moment. The bad news is there are still two far reaching and potentially expensive measures under consideration that pose a serious threat to the Internet as Americans now know it.
| Dec. 9, 2014, 7 p.m.
In Congress, there are essentially three kinds of laws: Those that achieve their intended goals; those that don’t; and those that — by flaw of design or implementation — somehow do the complete opposite of what they intended.
| Dec. 3, 2014, 1:42 p.m.
For the past eight years, I have been working to pass the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (HR 647, S 133), legislation that will lead to a brighter future for millions of Americans living with disabilities. Commonly referred to as the ABLE Act, the bill opens this door by amending the tax code to create tax-free savings accounts for individuals with disabilities. And, in so doing, it provides them with the same type of financial planning tool available to other Americans.
| Dec. 1, 2014, 7:07 p.m.
House Speaker John A. Boehner’s decision to oppose an Internet sales tax measure championed by Senate Democrats and Republicans in the lame duck session is not just good politics, but also good policy in light of the efforts the House Judiciary Committee has already made toward developing an alternative that would treat all kinds of retailers fairly and equally.
| Dec. 1, 2014, 6:36 p.m.
Ten-thousand Americans will celebrate their 65th birthday today. And 10,000 more tomorrow. And every single day after that for the next 15 years.
| Dec. 1, 2014, 6:34 p.m.
Imagine for a moment that Congress has decided Lois Lerner needs help. You see, since losing her job, Lerner has had trouble competing in a market with stronger, more competent alternatives.
| Nov. 30, 2014, 1:17 p.m.
With the election victory by the Republicans, Congress at last seems ready to tackle two issues on which the parties’ differences are narrow: trade and intellectual property.
| Nov. 20, 2014, 1:56 p.m.
The recent APEC Summit in Beijing was an impressive photo opportunity for President Barack Obama and a cast of Asia-Pacific leaders. But the midterms are of more importance to the forum’s original mandate of Asia-Pacific economic cooperation.
| Nov. 7, 2014, 8:14 p.m.
The 2014 midterm elections were a rejection of the policies of President Barack Obama. And the Republican takeover of the Senate is a repudiation of the gridlock in Congress symbolized by the bare-knuckles tactics of outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid.
| Nov. 3, 2014, 7:44 p.m.
The very important Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations deserve the full attention and active involvement of Congress. Trade agreements address a broad range of policy areas and have the potential to result in significant economic opportunities for U.S. businesses, so members of Congress must play a critically important role in the development and oversight of trade agreements. However, a regional free-trade agreement without Taiwan would be unthinkable, which would render the regional integration incomplete and ineffective to the disadvantage of American interest.
| Nov. 3, 2014, 6:06 p.m.
The United States is once again at war. As of Aug. 8, our military has been mounting drone and warplane attacks on the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. Support has been strong and bipartisan, but there is growing concern because the White House has not said how much this effort will cost, nor how it will be paid for. Surprisingly, tax reform could well provide the means to fund it.
| Oct. 30, 2014, 6:17 p.m.
As a general rule, the less you hear about a particular political strategy, the more you should worry about it. So it’s telling that an effort by the Senate to impose a radical new Internet sales tax regime during this year’s lame-duck session is being planned in secluded Capitol hallways, far from public scrutiny.
| Oct. 30, 2014, 4:27 p.m.
As Election Day nears, polls consistently show that Americans are waking up to the realities of the past six years of President Barack Obama’s failed leadership.
| Oct. 22, 2014, 5:51 p.m.
Recently there has been discussion over whether the United States should enter into a free trade agreement with the European Union known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. There are several major issues with TTIP that make it not in the interest of the United States to enter into the agreement.
| Oct. 21, 2014, 6:13 p.m.
Most everyone in Washington is fixated on Election Day: November 4. But another date just around that corner also looms large for taxpayers and the Internet: December 11. On that day, the federal ban on Internet access taxes is scheduled to expire. If it’s not extended, states and localities across the country could immediately begin assessing taxes that would make it more expensive for Americans to check their email, read blogs, or watch online videos.
| Oct. 17, 2014, 4:28 p.m.
Try, for a moment, to imagine the world today without the United States oil boom. If the picture seems dire, you’ll know you’re on the right track.
| Oct. 15, 2014, 3 p.m.
Recent announcements of planned mergers of U.S. companies with non-U.S. companies in Europe and other offshore locations with more favorable tax regimes has prompted frustration within Congress, as well as within the Obama administration. Such transactions, called inversions, have raised concerns over the erosion of the U.S. tax base and what President Barack Obama called a lack of “economic patriotism” on the part of U.S. companies that make use of these transactions to lower their tax bills.
| Oct. 9, 2014, 3:30 p.m.
As business owners in Washington, D.C., we believe in something that most brick-and-mortar retailers do — free and fair market competition. That’s why we ask that e-fairness legislation be passed without further delay. Unfortunately, online-only sellers continue to enjoy an unfair, government-sanctioned advantage over local community shops through a loophole that allows them to avoid collecting and remitting sales tax. This tax disparity puts our local businesses at a significant economic disadvantage and stifles the overall economy.
| Sept. 29, 2014, 5:25 p.m.
Many continue to call for Congress to pass legislation empowering States to require remote sellers to collect sales tax on their behalf. They say such legislation is necessary to provide fairness between brick and mortar retailers and online sellers. Let me be clear: Overstock.com supports a fair federal solution to prevent a patchwork of legal standards, not to mention computer systems, from making online retailing a virtual nightmare. Unfortunately, the Marketplace Fairness Act is not that solution.
| Sept. 17, 2014, 6:18 p.m.
Heading into the midterm elections, both parties are hammering home their economic messages against a backdrop of stagnating wages and surging corporate profits.