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Wyden Addresses Internet Tax Concerns

EUGENE, Ore. — Oregon businesses are expressing concern about a possible Internet tax. They say an effort by some in Congress to change the Internet Tax Freedom Act could mean a nightmare for them.

More than a dozen Eugene businesses met Thursday with U.S. Senator Ron Wyden to talk about their worries. They say taxing their products sold online would create book-keeping problems when factoring in different state sales tax. Senator Wyden said he agress this is particularly bad for Oregon.

“You would have the bizarre situation where we don’t have our own sales tax, but yet entrepreneurs would be collecting sales tax for other states thousands of miles form Oregon,” the Senator said. Senator Wyden also said it would put foreigners at an advantage because they won’t have to pay the taxes.