Maryland’s Digital Advertising Tax Is a Mess

Critics say the new law is unconstitutional, ineffective, and misguided. Some are suing

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Maryland Democrats really want to tax Big Tech. 

A supermajority in the state’s legislature overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto last week and enacted a first-in-the-nation tax on digital advertising, a market dominated by the most powerful companies in tech: Google, Facebook and Amazon, who, critics say, have historically not paid enough in taxes.

Chatter about such a tax has swept across various statehouses in recent months, and Maryland is the first to pass legislation.

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