| May 11, 2013
| 4:00 AM
In 1998, when President Bill Clinton signed the bipartisan Internet Tax Freedom Act, which prohibited state and local taxation of Internet access and Internet-only services, the purpose was to promote the commercial potential of the Internet, especially...
| Dec 22, 2012
For the last dozen years, Vince Talbert has focused on one thing: Bill Me Later.
The 45-year-old Baltimore native co-founded the online payment company with three partners in 2000. The company helps Internet shoppers buy stuff online without a credit...
| May 19, 2013
| 9:30 AM
Regarding the Internet sales tax ("Online sales tax bill should be improved, and passed," May 16), I suppose that if I go to Delaware and purchase something and since I am from Maryland, shouldn't that retailer charge and forward the sales tax? What...
| May 11, 2013
| 8:00 AM
It is wrong to collect sales tax from online sales by the state where the customer lives ("Senate OKs online sales tax" May 6). If I take the highway to another state, I pay tax in that state. If I take the information superhighway, I should pay sales tax...
| May 6, 2013
| 4:45 PM
The Senate voted Monday to allow states to assess a sales tax on purchases from Amazon.com, eBay and other online retailers in a bipartisan measure that would also reduce the increase planned for Maryland's gas tax.
The bill, which passed 69-27, would...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 1:37 PM
A loan for Kohl's Department Stores is being considered by the Harford County Council to help the company to make improvements to its e-commerce distribution, or fulfillment, center in Edgewood.
The conditional loan from the Maryland Department of...
| Dec 29, 2012
Retailers have had a difficult few years, especially the small shops that make up the bulk of the Maryland Retailers Association's membership. As the trade group's president since June 2010, Patrick Donoho has seen the effects of the recession as many...
| Apr 22, 2013
| 6:41 PM
Online shoppers would have to pay state sales taxes on more purchases under legislation that advanced in the U.S. Senate on Monday — but Marylanders could also wind up paying a smaller increase in gasoline taxes.
Bricks-and-mortar stores have long...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 9:27 AM
Imagine you are a benevolent monarch and you have the power to institute a sales tax. (Even benevolent government has to be financed, after all.) Would you set one up that gave preference to sellers located outside your kingdom and penalized your own...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Legislators are either stupid or lying or both about the universal background checks for gun purchases ("Tyranny of the minority," April 19). They want checks on Internet sales; but they are already done on Internet sales. If you buy a firearm over the...
| Mar 29, 2013
| 4:57 PM
The Maryland General Assembly gave final approval Friday to Gov. Martin O'Malley's proposed gas tax increase, raising costs for motorists while providing an infusion of hundreds of millions of dollars a year for new roads and mass transit projects.
| Jan 10, 2012
| 1:01 PM
Baltimore Gas & Electric has upgraded its website and customer interface software. As often happens in these matters, not all seems to be going smoothly. I've heard from several customers who are having problems with the site. Says one:
"Have you tried...