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‘E-tailers’ losing fight on sales tax

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For years, bricks-and-mortar retailers have groused about the unfair advantage their e-commerce brethren had in pricing, particularly when it came time to tally the bill and pay the sales tax. Based on a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision, “remote sellers” — mail-order, telephone and now, Internet merchants — don’t have to collect and remit sales taxes in states where they lack a physical presence, such as a store, warehouse or corporate office. But that’s about ...


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