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Dow Jones reports that the state of Illinois has decided to join a lawsuit against a number of major retailers, including Wal-Mart and Target, charging that they owe the state back taxes from online sales made there since they also have brick-and-mortar stores in the state.

Most of the companies with online operations set them up as separate corporations to avoid this problem, but an increasing number of states see this as an insufficient rationale for not paying the sales taxes.

Several retailers, including Wal-Mart, have begun collecting sales taxes on Internet sales as a way of assuaging states like Illinois.

According to Dow Jones, several more states are expected to join the suit.
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