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Big Tech Critics Defend Maryland’s Digital Ad Tax in Litigation

Sept. 21, 2021, 8:03 PM

Big technology’s lawsuit against Maryland’s digital advertising tax should be thrown out because the law isn’t preempted under a federal e-commerce tax freedom law as alleged, a progressive legal advocacy group argued in federal court.

Democracy Forward filed a friend of the court brief calling on U.S. District Court Judge Deborah K. Chasanow to dismiss a lawsuit filed by tech organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce contesting Maryland’s first-in-the-nation Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax. The nonprofit advocacy group accused the tech giants of hiding behind the Internet Tax Freedom Act, or ITFA, to create a “broad shelter” from state ...