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Internet sales tax ruled out

Thu, 26 Apr 2012 04:12:06 CDT

     A Cook County judge has ruled against a state law that requires Internet companies to collect sales taxes on all transactions with Illinois customers. Judge Robert Lopez Cepero ruled the law isn't enforceable because there is a federal Internet tax moratorium through 2014. Cepero also found that just because a company has an affiliate in Illinois doesn't mean it has enough of a presence for tax purposes. The 2011 law caused affiliates of websites like Amazon.com to leave Illinois. The Los Angeles-based trade group Performance Marketing Association brought the lawsuit. The group called the ruling a victory. The Illinois Department of Revenue says it respectfully disagrees with the judge,s ruling, and is reviewing appeal options.

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