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August 27, 2013 at 6:31 AM

A federal debate over taxing Internet sales

Enforce current law

Ross Hunter and Reuven Carlyle fail to address a key issue when advocating that Internet companies collect state sales taxes when they have no presence in that state. [“Pass federal act to help states recoup taxes on Internet sales,” Opinion, Aug. 23.]

Why should a company become a tax collector for a state when it doesn’t benefit from those taxes? Unlike companies within the state, it does not gain from police and fire protection, use roads and bridges or educate its children in state schools and universities.

It is already the law that citizens pay sales taxes for goods purchased out of state. Why don’t we utilize this great technology Ross and Reuven speak of to enforce current tax law?

Tony Hitchman, Seattle

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