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Internet Sales Tax Bill Gains Ground in Senate

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The bill, known as the Marketplace Fairness Act
 
“I’m not above believing in miracles,” said Dan Holler, a spokesman for Heritage Action, the activist arm of the conservative Heritage Foundation, which has made opposition to the Internet tax bill a “key vote” — so far with little impact.
 
“What it means is a lot of money for states and localities,” Senator Richard Durbin, Democrat of Illinois and one of the bill’s champions, said on Monday.
 
Old-fashioned retailers are going bust, leaving towns marred by vast, empty storefronts. Those that remain complain of “showrooming,” when shoppers inspect their wares, then leave the store to buy the same products on the Internet, finding lower prices and avoiding sales taxes.
 

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