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Topic - Patrick Byrne
Do you do at least some of your shopping online? If you're like most Americans, the answer is "yes." This leads to my next question: Would you like to pay more for the items you buy?
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.
Investigators expressed confidence Sunday that they will learn why an airplane carrying skydivers crashed in flames near a popular tourist spot in New Zealand's Southern Alps, killing four Europeans and five New Zealanders.
"How can we possibly know the tax rates in [those] jurisdictions?" said Overstock.com CEO Patrick Byrne. "In one jurisdiction, cotton candy is food; in another, it's entertainment or candy."
"We don't impose nearly that load, so it isn't fair that we should have to pay those taxes," Mr. Byrne said.