The thing is: It’s nuts that we’ve let Internet retailers go untaxed for as long as we have, as I’ve written for years. It’s a simple fairness issue: Bricks and mortar retailers shouldn’t face a 7 to 10 percent price handicap to retailers selling online.

You don’t need outlandish numbers from a discredited economist paid for by a vested interest to make the case for taxing online retail.

 

Ryan Chittum is a former Wall Street Journal reporter, and deputy editor of The Audit, CJR's business section. If you see notable business journalism, give him a heads-up at rc2538@columbia.edu.