Online sales tax collections would help states manage their budget problems, but could impose heavy burdens on small online merchants, executives from Internet and brick-and-mortar businesses told a congressional committee.

During a House Judiciary Committee hearing last Wednesday, executives from Amazon.com, eBay and Overstock.com were among those testifying. Amazon, which has been fighting efforts by various states to require it to collect and remit online sales taxes from its customers, said that Congress needed to establish a nationwide system for collecting the sales taxes.

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