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Tech Titans Spar with Maryland Over Digital Ad Tax Rules

Aug. 15, 2022, 7:01 PM

The Maryland Attorney General called on a federal judge to toss the tech industry’s challenge to a feature of the state’s one-of-a-kind tax on digital advertising that bars them from passing the levy onto its customers.

In a supplemental brief submitted Aug. 12 to Judge Lydia Kay Griggsby of the US District Court for the District of Maryland, attorneys for the state said the so-called “pass-through prohibition” constitutes a legitimate restriction on commercial activity that doesn’t conflict with the companies’ speech rights under the First Amendment. The brief responds to a provision enacted under S.B. ...