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Discontent grows over Wisconsin's Internet taxes

Republican lawmakers have called into question the state's right to charge taxes on Internet access and purchases.

In his upcoming budget proposal, Governor Jim Doyle, a Democrat, has suggested charging sales taxes on more types of online purchases, such as music downloads. At the same time, Wisconsin maintains its 14-year-old tax on access to the Internet, despite a federal law passed la......

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Taxing sales

Whenever someone receives an item within the state's borders, the county can charge sales tax, a Department of Revenue spokesperson explained. That applies to online purchases as well as offline ones. But because shipments can come from so many jurisdictions and it is unusual for sales taxe......

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Points of contention

Kanavas and Jensen want to repeal the Internet access and sales taxes. Kanavas, a tech entrepreneur himself, argues that startup companies will move out of state rather than pay higher fees when they and positioning their products and services on the Internet.

"Representative Jensen an......

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