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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House voted Tuesday to make permanent a moratorium that prevents state and local governments from taxing access to the Internet.

Under current law, the moratorium expires Nov. 1, exposing Internet users to the same kind of connection fees that often show up on telephone bills. read more »

 

WASHINGTON — States could force Internet retailers to collect sales taxes under a bill that overwhelmingly passed a test vote in the Senate.

Under current law, states can only require stores to collect sales taxes if the store has a physical presence in the state. As a result, many online sales are essentially tax-free, giving Internet retailers a big advantage over brick-and-mortar stores.

The bill would allow states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet. The sales taxes would be sent to the states where shoppers live.

The Senate voted 74-20 on April 22 to begin debating the bill. If that level of support continues, the Senate could pass the bill as early as this week. read more »

 

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s plan to increase taxes on top earners would have only a small impact on the nation’s economy, according to congressional budget experts. But don’t tell that to small business owners facing a tax hike.

Obama’s proposal would hit about 940,000 people who report business income on their individual or household returns, says the Joint Committee on Taxation, the official scorekeeper for Congress. That’s only 3.5 percent of the people who report business income, but those business owners are projected to earn 53 percent of the $1.3 trillion in business income that will be reported on individual returns next year.

That, Republicans in Congress argue, makes those business owners an important engine for economic growth and job creation. read more »

 
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