BusinessWeek this week looked at the latest legislative hurdles of the Web tax efforts, as well as various efforts to agree on a voluntary tax collection program. (Amazon's for it, EBay is against.) But that program is essential, for reasons that have nothing to do with taxes. If retailers can't get together on something as smallfry as a state tax collection program, why would Congress believe that retail can police itself on PCI security or other controversial areas?
The threat of an Internet tax has been made so many times for so long as to be almost meaningless. But it's not quite meaningless because it always seems to be just a few votes away from being taken seriously.