Meantime, one in six non-food retail dollars is now spent online, something that costs governments up to $23 billion a year. And online sales as a percentage of overall retail sales are still growing fast (h/t Matthew Yglesias):

The opposition to Internet taxation, in other words, isn’t about sticking the little guy (by the way, mom and pop retailers get hammered by the current Internet tax laws) or logistical nightmares. It’s about profit and competitive advantage for eBay and online retailers and and its about starve-the-beast for the WSJ and its ilk.

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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. Follow him on Twitter at @ryanchittum.