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The need for an internet sales tax

Packages are processed inside an Amazon warehouse. Photograph: Boston Globe via Getty Images

Replacement of physical stores with internet sales is bad for people’s rights (Maplin seeks buyer, 20 February), because internet sales track people; they don’t allow privacy-respecting cash.It’s bad for the Treasury because the internet giants such as Amazon avoid taxes, and because jobs disappear. It is bad for society because it means fewer jobs. This suggests solving both problems with a substantial tax on internet sales.
Richard Stallman
President, Free Software Foundation, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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