This Associated Press story says (surprise, surprise) that retailers like Wal-Mart, Target and Circuit City don't want a permanent exemption on new Internet taxes, saying that it's unfair to traditional retailers. Congress created the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce to consider just such issues. So far their recommendations have been in favor of the wired purchaser, establishing and now continuing the current moratorium on new online taxes. The question doesn't seem to be whether online sales will be taxed -- it's when, and how.
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