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PR battle heats up on Internet sales tax bill

A bill that would make it easier for states to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases – the Main Street Fairness Act – was filed only a few days ago, but the PR battle is already heating up.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced the legislation on Friday. Similar legislation was filed last year.

Lobbying for and against the current version of the bill is already in full voice. The early flurry of statements from both sides focuses on what it all means for small businesses.

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Will Amazon ever do the right thing?

Amazon.com continues to attract the kind of publicity that most companies seek to avoid. From coast-to-coast, public voices are blasting the online retailer for its refusal to collect sales taxes.

Here are some recent excerpts.

Bloomberg: “There are lots of good reasons to shop online, but dodging sales taxes shouldn’t be one of them. Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) is battling the authorities in its largest state market, California, over this principle. The good arguments are on the Golden State’s side.”

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