Net sales tax move is biggest gripe for Web companies

Lawmakers’ attempts to attach an Internet sales tax to a bill preventing a tax on Internet access topped a group of Web companies’ list of bad laws for 2014. 

The legislative maneuver was the top issue on a “watchlist for ugly laws” released by the trade group NetChoice on Wednesday.

“The only thing worse than an unfair bill is an unfair bill shoved through Congress using an unfair process,” said Steve DelBianco, the executive director of the group, which includes Web titans like Google, Facebook, eBay and AOL.

“At a time when lawmakers are making real progress on remote taxation approaches that don’t punish specific technologies and business models, this crass attempt to attach fatally flawed legislation to an important and uncontroversial bill is truly awful,” DelBianco added in his statement.