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Legislators push for internet tax moratorium | (UPI) -- Two U.S. senators on Monday joined Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) in calling for a permanent moratorium on new and discriminatory Internet taxes.

The Web site reported Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Conrad Burns, R-Mont., agree with Cox it is time to make permanent the 1998 bill -- originally sponsored by Wyden and Cox -- that established a three-year moratorium on Internet taxes.

The bill, which was extended for another two years in 2001, is due to expire in November. It forbids taxes on Internet access, multiple-state taxation on a single item bought over the Internet, and discriminatory taxes that treat online purchases differently from other types of sales.

"With the current state of the economy, it's important we uphold commonsense tax laws that are fair to businesses," said Burns. "... This moratorium puts e-businesses on a much more level playing field, and I believe it is time to make it permanent."

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