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By Orrin G. Hatch
Procedural changes impede the chamber's traditional deliberative function
Topic - Patrick Byrne
Salt Lake City-based Overstock.com Inc. says it's the first major retailer to accept digital Bitcoins as payment for goods.
In a battle over who should collect online sales tax, Overstock.com's chief said Thursday that Internet stores have an inherent right to collect fewer taxes than traditional retailers because they take up less space and don't use such city services as roads, schools, police and fire departments.
"Taxing isn't a tithe one pays to the gods," Patrick Byrne, chairman and CEO of Overstock.com, told The Washington Times in an interview.
OverStock.com CEO Patrick Byrne argues that it would be expensive and unfair for online retailers to collect taxes for all the places where they sell.