DMA backs tax decision

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New York--The Direct Marketing Association on Thursday backed a recommendation by the House Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law to extend a tax moratorium on e-commerce taxes, as well as a permanent dismissal of taxes for accessing the Internet. The DMA has been lobbying for both measures, arguing that taxes on e-commerce would stifle on-going development of b-to-b trading and that access taxes would disadvantage smaller companies. The two measures, introduced by California Republican Rep. Chris Cox as H.R. 1552 and H.R. 1675, go to the full House.The Capitol Hill victory came on the heels of an unrelated-but significant-defeat. The DMA-backed National Center for Database Marketing Trade Show and Conference, which wrapped Wednesday in Rosemont, Ill., was attended by fewer than 400 paid attendees, down from 900 at last year's show in Las Vegas.
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