Senate shows support for Internet sales taxes

(AP)—Advocates of a move to help states collect sales taxes on Internet transactions have won a Senate victory.

In a nonbinding, 75-24 vote, the Senate signaled its support Friday for legislation giving states the power to collect taxes on purchases consumers make from Internet companies.

The vote was a symbolic expression of lawmakers' views on the issue. But it showed that supporters of enforcing existing on Internet purchases would have enough strength should the Senate consider the proposal later this year.

An estimated $20 billion in sales taxes go uncollected every year by out-of-state online merchants.

Supporters say collecting the tax would restore competitive balance between Internet companies and that already charge sales taxes. Opponents say the system would be too complicated.


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Mar 23, 2013
In a nonbinding, 75-24 vote, the Senate signaled its support Friday for legislation giving states the power to collect taxes on purchases consumers make from Internet companies.


Thank you!

I'm optimistic that the congress will pass a good bill to deal with the scheming of falsely so-called "internet businesses," such as Amazon, which is really a re-sale shop.

To be fair, taxes should probably be divided between the state where the product was warehoused and the state where the product was ordered.

We need a tax on emails as well. Tax the SENDER 1 cent each, but with like a 100 email deduction. This would surely help stop mass spam bots.

Mar 23, 2013
A 'liberal' senate supports a tax.
This is news?

Mar 23, 2013
I guess it makes sense, I dont see why internet purchases should have an arbitrary exception.

Mar 23, 2013
Poor USA. Broke. Currency on edge of collapse. All taxes no jobs no safety net

Mar 23, 2013
Poor USA. Broke. Currency on edge of collapse. All taxes no jobs no safety net


and still way better than that sh*thole you live in koch.

Mar 24, 2013
Taxes are not that relevant to me. Often, I end up purchasing something online because it's not available through a brick and mortar.
Being able to order it "online" from the store doesn't count. When I go to a store, my expectation is to carry it home today.

Stores do this to themselves when they all decide to stock the same set of "most popular" merchandise as each other in an effort to capture the same largest subset of shoppers.

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