A recent study suggests Alabama schools and municipalities are projected to lose $104 million in 2009 because of online retailers who do not collect sales taxes, reports the Mobile Press-Register. Nationwide, state and local governments are projected to lose $6.95 billion in 2009 as a result of online sales, according to the study by three professors from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. As steep new cuts loom for the state’s education and General Fund budgets, officials in Alabama and beyond are eyeing internet transactions with renewed interest. "We’re hearing a lot of that momentum developing across the country," said Alabama Revenue Commissioner Tim Russell. "Why should one escape sales tax and the others not?" But changing the law to grab more online sales taxes will be no small feat, according to Sonny Brasfield, executive director of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama. It could require action by state government and Congress, the cooperation of business, and the installation of expensive software. "It’s an important effort, and we’re supportive, but it’s complicated," Brasfield said…

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