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Consumers Asked To Avoid Online Shopping
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The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has launched a campaign asking consumers to shop locally at brick-and-mortar stores instead of shopping online. Their reason: online retailers don’t collect sales taxes and don’t support local jobs and community organizations.

Washington Online Sales Tax Now Law
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Online shoppers who are residents of the state of Washington will now have to start paying sales tax on purchases made on the Internet.

Starting today Washington joins 18 other states that require some online retailers to collect sales tax. About 1,100 ecommerce retailers have agreed to collect taxes in exchange for the state not going after them for back taxes.

Houston Files Lawsuit Against Online Travel Companies
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The city of Houston has filed a lawsuit against online hotel bookers for keeping money the city claims should go towards its occupancy tax.

"We believe the (online) companies are, essentially, pocketing the money that should go to occupancy tax," Mayor Bill White told the Houston Chronicle. "It’s unfair to those who are paying the price where the full taxes are paid."

New York Goes Gangsta With Tax Law
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Online retailers doing business in New York will be required to register with the state beginning June 1, 2008 to collect taxes, or face audits for prior quarters for failing to register.

New York Getting Physical With Amazon.com
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The New York State Legislature wants Amazon to collect sales taxes from New York buyers, despite Amazon not having a physical presence in the state.

More People Filing Taxes Online

With tax season approaching, an increasing number of people are planning to file their federal taxes online, according to The Conference Board.

Forty percent plan to file online, up from 34 percent three years ago. More than two-thirds of taxpayers said they have filed online for three years or more, up from 55 percent in 2005.

Tax Prep and Social Media

The post starts with a question for two reasons:

1) There’s a disclaimer: my agency, 360i, has been working on the emerging media strategy for the campaign described below in conjunction with other agencies and of course everyone at H&R Block.

Taxes Occupied Net Users In January

Early income tax filers seeking refunds likely powered traffic to several tax-related websites last month, judging by sharp jumps in their traffic.

Reznor’s Bad Internet Tax Idea

There’s a great interview with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails up at CNET, in which he talks about his experience with the Saul Williams album he recently released as a “pay what you want” download (which I wrote about here).

Google Could Be Accused Of Tax Evasion In China

America’s IRS has been the cause of more than a couple puddles of sweat.  So what sort of effect might the Chinese equivalent have on a person?  We may find out, as the Beijing Tax Bureau is apparently investigating Google for tax evasion.

Internet Taxes Banned Up Until 2014

The internet tax freedom act has been extended another 7 years. It was down to the wire, but the vote was unanimous. The House passed the bill that the Senate passed last week. It passed 402-0. The current law was going to expire in two days. It’s expected that President Bush will sign it into law.

Internet Taxes Avoided For Now

The present moratorium on Internet taxes has been extended for another four years, despite calls for Congress to make the ban permanent.

House Extends Ban On Internet Taxes

The House today voted 405-2 to extend the ban on Internet access taxes for another four years. The existing ban on Internet access taxes is due to expire on November 1.

Shop.org Lobbies Senate Over Internet Taxes

Shop.org has been lobbying members of the U.S. Senate on behalf of online retailers to support a permanent extension of the ban against multiple taxes on ecommerce.

The Senate Commerce Committee will consider a permanent Internet tax moratorium in an Executive Session.

Google Says No To Net Taxes

The current Internet tax moratorium placed by Congress expires in November, leading Google to join a coalition of firms asking for that policy to become permanent.

Online Taxes Could Be Implemented
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A new voluntary tax agreement, the Streamlined Sales and Use Tax Agreement between 22 states means consumers could now be charged a sales tax on certain Internet and catalog purchases from businesses in other states.

Internet Tax Ban Introduced In Senate
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The Internet Tax Freedom Extension Act of 2007 was introduced in the Senate yesterday and would extend the current ban on Internet access taxes for another four years.

More Americans Filing Taxes Online
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With tax season here and the deadline looming for Americans to make their annual payments to Uncle Sam more people are filing their taxes online.

H&R Block Launches Island In Second Life

The April deadline to file taxes in the United States is fast approaching, and with it comes the time of year when tax accounting firms usually see a peak volume in their business. With all the questions surrounding new tax laws, deduction advice, and audit defense, H&R block is looking to bolster its brand against all others by setting up shop in Second Life.

IRS Sniffing For eBay Cash
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Many sellers on eBay likely report their gains for tax purposes as they are required to do. Some people may not know they are supposed to do this, or actively choose not to pay. The Internal Revenue Service wants to make eBay and other auction sites part of the process that reports that income.

Nothing’s Certain ‘Cept Wikipedia and Taxes
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Humans are predictable creatures, but it’s interesting nonetheless to see seasonal trends depicting where everybody’s going online. January 2007, according comScore, was for taxes, job-hunting, and vacation planning, among a couple of trendy surprises. But the most significant change in traffic was to Wikipedia, which entered the top ten domains for the first time.

Also, as somebody-anybody sentiments rise, visits to potential presidential candidate websites also spiked in January.

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