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News on internet taxes
The Senate voted recently to extend a two-year moratorium on internet taxes that had expired on Oct. 21. The voice vote came after the body rejected a controversial amendment to allow states to tax online sales.
The bill now goes to President Bush to be signed into law. The House of Representatives had approved an identical bill in October, and Bush has previously expressed support for the moratorium.
The essence of the legislation is to prevent states from levying special taxes on online access and sales. Congress had approved a three-year moratorium in 1998, which expired last month after the Senate couldn't agree whether to add the controversial sales-tax amendment.
Don't let packages be a total surprise
With all the concern over possibly tainted mail and packages, the U.S. Postal Service has issued a warning: Let people know you are sending them holiday packages. The agency says that all holiday mail should be marked with the sender's name and full return address. That's a rule that's been around a long time, but is often ignored.
Additionally, patrons are being told to let the intended receiver of a parcel know that it is coming, either via conventional mail or through e-mail. This year's suggested deadline for mailing packages and cards is Dec. 11. In spite of that, it's estimated that the 17th will be the busiest at postal windows and see the longest lines.
The busiest day for letter carriers should be Dec. 17. As they used to say: "Shop early. Mail early."
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Joke of the day
A University of Alabama football player was visiting a relative in Boston over the holidays. He went to a large party and met a pretty co-ed. He was attempting to start up a conversation with the line, "Where do ya'll go ta' school?"
The coed, of course, was not overly impressed with his grammar or southern drawl, but answered his question anyway, "Yale," she replied.
The UA student took a big, deep breath and shouted,
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