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DMA backs Internet tax policy plan

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Washington--The Direct Marketing Association and the Association for Interactive Media have backed a business plan for taxation of e-commerce transactions. The DMA, New York, and AIM, Washington, are lobbying to get the plan before Congress. The measure calls for a permanent ban on Internet access taxes, simplified state taxation systems and elimination of telecommunications excise taxes. The plan failed on Monday to get the necessary two-thirds majority vote from the Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce, which would have formally pushed the measure forward as a Congressional blueprint for legislation. Nevertheless, the two organizations maintain that the issue has enough support to warrant further Congressional consideration, DMA President and CEO H. Robert Wientzen said in a statement.
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