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'Simpsons' Mentions Online Sales Tax Dispute

January 17, 2012
Springfield is apparently as concerned about online sales tax collection as some in Washington.

In Sunday's episode of "The Simpsons," a blink-and-you-miss-it joke highlighted how advocates of requiring online retailers to collect sales tax view the current standard as "cheat[ing] the government on sales tax," as Mr. Burns' Lawyer says. 

In a statement sent to the Alley, Brian Dodge of the Retail Industry Leaders Association said, "This is a fun reminder of how far we've come and how politics makes for strange bedfellows. With the American Conservative Union, Sen. Dick Durbin and now the Simpsons all with us, who could possibly be against us?" 

Well, there are in fact some companies, notably Overstock.com and eBay, that are concerned lawmakers' proposals to close the online sales tax loophole would stifle e-commerce and that want small businesses to be exempted. The trick is trying to define what a small business is.

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