Wyden, Cox introduce Web tax moratorium bill

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Washington--A new bill sponsored by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) would extend the Internet taxes moratorium for five years. The current moratorium ends in October 2001. The bill, which will likely have broad support across party lines, is good news for direct marketers. The Direct Marketing Association and some of its member companies are among the most active lobbyists on behalf of such a bill. Sponsorship by Cox and Wyden is important, as the two have already backed several similar bills that have become law. B-to-b direct marketers in particular have much to gain from the proposed legislation, as taxes imposed on high-ticket items bought over the Internet could prove onerous.
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