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Maryland Chamber of Commerce and Maryland Tech Council Issue Statement on Maryland Supreme Court Ruling Regarding Digital Ad Tax

May 10, 2023

Annapolis, Md.On May 9, 2023, the Maryland Supreme Court issued a procedural ruling regarding the state’s first-in-the-nation tax on digital advertising. The ruling did not address the substantive arguments or the constitutionality of the case but instead sent the case back to the Circuit Court to vacate the decision stating that the plaintiffs “failed to exhaust their administrative remedies.”  

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Tech Council previously opposed the digital ad tax legislation. If allowed, the law would levy a first-in-the-nation tax that would impact Maryland businesses of all sizes that utilize online advertising. This legislation puts Maryland businesses at a competitive disadvantage by making online advertising more expensive here than in 49 other states and could ultimately result in the loss of business investment and growth in the state. 

As the voices and representatives of thousands of businesses of all sizes and types across Maryland, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Tech Council look forward to the next steps, where the merits of the arguments regarding the constitutionality of this harmful legislation will be thoroughly examined. This ruling is not the end of our opposition to this legislation, and we remain committed to advocating for policies that promote growth and opportunity for all Maryland businesses.


About the Maryland Chamber of Commerce 

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is the only statewide business advocacy organization and the leading voice for business in the state. Together with their 6,800+ members, they form a statewide coalition that is committed to ensuring that Maryland is attracting and retaining quality jobs, developing vibrant, sustainable communities and staying at the forefront of global competitiveness and economic prosperity.

About the Maryland Tech Council 

The Maryland Tech Council (MTC) is a collaborative community that is actively engaged in building strong technology and life science industries by supporting the efforts of our individual members. We are the largest technology and life sciences trade association in the state of Maryland, and we provide value by giving members a forum to learn, share, and connect. MTC brings the region’s community together into a single, united organization that empowers our members to achieve their business goals through advocacy, networking and education. The vision for the Maryland Tech Council is to propel Maryland to become the number one innovation economy for life sciences and technology in the country. Follow us at, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube.