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EcommerceBytes-NewsFlash, Number 2484 - February 22, 2011 - ISSN 1539-5065    2 of 3

eBay Applauds Congressional Resolution Opposing New Sales Tax

By Ina Steiner
February 22, 2011

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Congressman Dan Lungren (R-Gold River-CA) and lead Democratic sponsor Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) introduced the "Supporting the Preservation of Internet Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses" resolution last week. The resolution opposes states' introduction of new taxes on small online businesses, including requirements to collect and remit sales taxes for out-of-state online purchases.

eBay Vice President of Global Government Relations and Deputy General Counsel Tod Cohen said in a statement, "this resolution sends a clear signal that Congress will protect Internet-enabled small businesses from new, unfair tax-collection schemes."

Ecommerce firms, including Amazon.com in particular, have been challenging state laws over sales tax.

About the author:

Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.

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