The chairman of the Joint Economic Committee is asking the Internal Revenue Service to refrain from taxing online gamers.

Congressman Jim Saxton, R-N.J., issued a press release asking the agency to take it easy when it comes to taxing participants in Internet-based video games. Saxton said the “population” of such online communities -- including games such as Second Life or World of Warcraft -- could exceed 10 million people globally.

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