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Deal: Consider adding sales tax to online shopping

The Georgia Capitol building

The Georgia Capitol building

ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal says he's considering a plan to extend the state sales tax to online purchases.

Morris News Service reports the governor made the comments during a meeting this week with newspaper publishers and executives.

Authorities said eight states already tax electronic commerce. But most states have held off because Congress has signaled it would come up with a national model to simplify the thousands of tax rates used by state and local governments.

Deal said it might be time to act on issue in the Georgia Legislature if there's no activity in Congress.