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While in recent decades women have attained some of the highest government positions, one of the first to break through Washington’s glass ceiling took over the Justice Department Tax Division almost a century ago.

Georgia’s rejected proposal to Amazon for the hand of its HQ2 offspring included a dowry of more than $2 billion in incentives, an exclusive lounge area for company executives in the Atlanta airport, the use of a dedicated car in the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority to distribute its products, and street naming rights.

On July 26 leaders of the direct marketing and online retail industry met with members of the Multistate Tax Commission’s executive committee in Boston. The parties laid the groundwork for negotiations on remote seller tax collection issues much like those attempted by state officials and industry representatives more than 20 years ago.

In news analysis, Mindy Herzfeld discusses the potential movement toward agreement on how best to tax the digital economy and analyzes failed options, as well as some that might have a chance for success.

Although the U.S. Supreme Court handed states a victory in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., experts warn the ruling also shows they must tread cautiously in their efforts to seek sales tax compliance from remote sellers.

A notice of impending federal rules to address state workarounds to the new state and local tax deduction cap is expected to temporarily discourage taxpayers and practitioners from using charitable tax deductions to circumvent the cap, but it's unclear whether it's the states or the IRS that will prevail.