For online vendors, this year’s record sales for Cyber Monday may have been like Santa arriving early, but for states and municipalities that collect sales taxes, it was more like getting a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings.

For more than 10 years, city, county, and state governments have been complaining about their inability to collect taxes on online sales. As these sales have increased, their complaints have grown louder, and on Monday, Moody’s Investors Service agreed it was a problem.

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