Senate May Vote on Internet Sales Tax Next Week

Reuters reports that the Senate is edging closer to voting on legislature that will allow states to collect sales tax from retailers physically located outside their borders.

Currently North American states are only capable of squeezing out sales tax from online merchants and affiliates with physical stores located within their borders. States also must rely on consumers to self-report purchases made with online retailers.

This gives online-only Amazon and similar services the upper hand in pricing over retail giant Walmart which seemingly builds a brick-and-mortar store every ten miles or so. However Amazon actually supports the new bill as it continues to build new distribution centers throughout the nation to improve delivery timing. eBay and many others who do business online do not.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Thursday filed a motion in support of the measure. Because of this move, the Senate is expected to vote on Monday on whether to end the debate and move forward with the proposed measure. An actual vote on the legislation is expected to be made by the end of next week.

Backers of the measure told Reuters that the Senate has the 60 votes needed to end the current debate, and follows a successful 75-25 vote of a nonbinding version of the bill last month. Although the legislation has gained momentum, it's possible the progression will slow once it reaches the House of Representatives where some Republicans view the move as just another tax hike.

One source told Reuters that Rep. Steve Womack, one of the bill's sponsors in the House, has been lobbying fellow Republicans to support the new tax bill. Meanwhile, Republican Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is skeptical about the measure.

"While it attempts to make tax collection simpler, it still has a long way to go," Goodlatte said.

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  • This will not make brick and mortar stores more competitive. The savings for shopping online is far greater than simply that of not having to pay taxes. This shouldn't affect pricing, but now online retailers will have to collect taxes from all of us no matter which state we're in. Online Price + Taxes will still be less than Brick and Mortar Price + Taxes.

    Who loses in the end? U.S. consumers; that's who.

    Who wins? Big government. They get to tax our hard-earned dollars again.

    The retailers and e-tailers gain nothing more.

    That's our good ol' government working for us!
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  • I wonder what they'll waste the money on if this passes.
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  • I wonder what they'll waste the money on if this passes.
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  • This will not make brick and mortar stores more competitive. The savings for shopping online is far greater than simply that of not having to pay taxes. This shouldn't affect pricing, but now online retailers will have to collect taxes from all of us no matter which state we're in. Online Price + Taxes will still be less than Brick and Mortar Price + Taxes.

    Who loses in the end? U.S. consumers; that's who.

    Who wins? Big government. They get to tax our hard-earned dollars again.

    The retailers and e-tailers gain nothing more.

    That's our good ol' government working for us!
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  • The rate at which the state and national debt is climbing, they are working diligently to squeeze every last penny out of the consumer instead of actually doing something worthwhile like cutting spending.
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