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Internet Tax Proponents Claim Public Support

Internet Tax Proponents Claim Public Support

By Robert Conlin

E-Commerce Times

December 15, 1999

As the third meeting of the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce (ACEC) wraps up today in San Francisco, California, a group of brick-and-mortar retailers is claiming that a recent national poll indicates that more than 60 percent of respondents believe that online retailers should be subject to the same taxes as their offline counterparts.

According to the e-Fairness Coalition, 63 percent of the 600 people polled said that the tax levels should be equal for both types of businesses, and 71 percent said that they would not change their shopping habits if existing tax laws were applied to online retailers.

The coalition did not indicate what percentage of the respondents have shopped online.