In the following viewpoint, Lawrence W. Reed argues that purchases made over the Internet should not be taxed. He contends that exempting Internet purchases from taxation is vital to continuing the expansion of local revenues that have resulted from the economic growth spurred by online commerce. In addition, tax-free Internet sales will not harm traditional stores, he maintains, because such stores will continue to enjoy an advantage over online businesses—customers can go into them and inspect products before they buy. Lawrence W. Reed is president of the Mackinac Center for Public...
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