Congress to tackle Net taxes, privacy

    Date06 Jan 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3491
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    In its new session that began this week, the U.S. Congress is facing two big high-tech issues: Internet taxes and online privacy. On the tax issue, in particular, the clock is ticking. The Internet tax moratorium act, which blocks new . . . In its new session that began this week, the U.S. Congress is facing two big high-tech issues: Internet taxes and online privacy. On the tax issue, in particular, the clock is ticking. The Internet tax moratorium act, which blocks new and discriminatory taxes on Internet transactions, expires in October.

    But since the moratorium was passed in 1998 with strong bipartisan support, there has been a great awakening among brick-and-mortar businesses about the fairness of a system that forces traditional retailers to collect sales taxes in many states while pure-play Internet retailers generally don't collect it. A battle over the moratorium is possible this time around.

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