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According 2 Citizens for Tax Justice’s new report, fb’s raking in many extra millions because of tax loopholes that let them pay nothing.
announced this month it plans 2 give its co-founder & controlling stockholder, Mark Zuckerberg, a $2.8 billion cash windfall. Amazingly, Zuckerberg’s bonanza will cost Facebook absolutely nothing. Well, actually, a lot less than nothing, since it will help save fb, Inc. a staggering $3 billion in federal & state corporate income taxes.
These tax breaks are expected 2 wipe out all of fb’s federal & state income taxes for 2012, as well as generate a $0.5 billion tax refund of taxes the company paid in the past.
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from noted consumer research, IT, & internet marketing research specialists
10 major threats 2 the ‘golden age’ of the internet
1: Government regulations
Once again, Internet regulation is in the news, with the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) legislation proposed in the U.S. Congress. Of all the changes to the Internet that could be detrimental, I fear red tape and government regulations the most. SOPA and PIPA appear to be dead for now, but it’s only a matter of time before the next threat rears its ugly head. There are plenty of existing laws to address the lawless amongst us, but legislators seem bent on enacting Internet-specific laws. Never underestimate the power of governments to destroy what they try to protect as they attempt to bring law and order to the Internet.
You would think that most people would consider censorship of the Internet a bad thing. However, a BBC World Service poll showed that only 53% of the respondents felt “the Internet should never be regulated by any level of government anywhere.” And those are scary statistics if you want your Internet to remain free of censorship. All you have to do is look at countries like China to realize how government intervention can screw up a good thing.
Fortunately, the chances are good that your home Internet connection is still free from the heavy hand of the censor. But “as good as it gets” means that Internet censorship can only get worse, as freedom of speech on the Internet is slowly chipped away over time.
Legislators solve the dilemma of allowing the use of “sinful” products like tobacco and alcohol by taxing them — a lot. How long can it be before a “sin tax” is placed on the viewing of pornography, online betting, and other “sinful” activities? Currently, few U.S. residents realize that most must pay a use tax for items purchased over the Internet from another state. Fewer still actually pay those taxes. States are quite cognizant of this loss of revenue and have begun to seek ways to collect their monies owed.
New York and other states’ laws require vendors with an affiliate nexus relationship in their state to collect taxes on business done in their state. As I discuss in another article, “The New York legislation essentially ties all employees, salespersons, independent contractors, agents, or other representatives and affiliates to the vendor. The nexus of any of these entities in the state of New York forces the vendor to collect taxes on all transactions from New York residents even if that vendor has no direct physical presence there.” Similar Internet tax legislation may be proposed in more states in 2012. One thing seems certain: The tax man cometh and he’s loaded for bear.
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer or CPA. The content of this article is for informational purposes only and is not meant as legal advice. Tax laws are complex and you should contact your lawyer and/or tax adviser for specific advice.
4: Bandwidth limitations
I must admit that before doing the research for this article, I thought that the majority of ISPs were not limiting bandwidth usage. But as Table A shows, the broadband police have already arrived for most in the U.S., although unlimited bandwidth can be found in other countries. As you might expect, the limits are even more restrictive in the mobile Internet space — except for Virgin Mobile, which offers an affordable unlimited plan.
Table A: Broadband bandwidth caps for major U.S. ISPs
*Except for CenturyLink, bandwidth limits combine upload and download bandwidth.
Please note that terms are subject to change. If your ISP is not listed and you are unsure if there is a bandwidth limitation, it is a good idea to check.
- Google TV, Apple TV, & Roku’s Biggest Enemy: A lack of Internet Bandwidth — ZDNet
- Time Warner Cable Installing Metering Technology, CEO Claims Company Not Sure If It Will Use It: Stop the Cap!
5: Access charges
Internet access is broader than ever for Wi-Fi and cellular networks. Free Wi-Fi can be found at large chain stores like Starbucks and McDonald’s, though you might be surprised to learn that these are recent developments — January 2010 for McDonald’s and July 2010 for Starbucks. Even your local café is getting in on the act. I recently took a trip and found free Wi-Fi heaven at the Tucson International Airport. There were Internet stations “with a view” overlooking the tarmac, where you could plug in and recharge your mobile device. It was a different story at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. I could get Internet access for a “mere” $4.95 per hour or $7.95 per day via Boingo and plug in at a not-nearly-as-nice free Samsung recharging station. And it is the latter example that has me worried that the free days of Wi-Fi access may be a short experiment.
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