Internet Sales Tax One Step Closer
Passes Senate, but bill still has a fight looming in the House
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2013 6:57 PM CDT
An package is prepared for shipment by a United Parcel Service driver in Palo Alto, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(Newser) – Start brushing up on your Quicken, Etsy moms. The Senate has just passed a bill that would allow states to collect taxes for online purchases, USA Today reports. States with sales taxes have previously been unable to require online retailers to collect sales tax unless they had a physical presence in the state. But now that the online marketplace is worth $226 billion a year, and technology has made it easier to handle all the different tax rates and rules, the states—along with retailers like Walmart and Best Buy—say it's time for online businesses to take on the same responsibilities as their brick-and-mortar counterparts.

The bill, which is supported by Obama, has a way to go yet, however: it must now pass the House, where Republicans are are less enthusiastic about what they see as a tax increase, Reuters reports. "Call me a conservative, but I believe the right approach to tax fairness is to reduce rates—not force higher rates onto others," said Republican Rep. Tom Graves.

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May 9, 2013 10:28 AM CDT
They only need an increase in tax base, only if they want to grow the Government! We need to have less Government, less government involvement in our lives. Like less FBI in our homes and on our computers! If for anyone that thinks this is a good idea, move your azz to a remote island so the rest of us don't have to look at your ugly dumb azz!
May 9, 2013 8:37 AM CDT
Every senator that voted for this bill should be beaten into insensibility by angry citizens as he/she came out of the Capitol building. Fkg scumbags!
May 8, 2013 12:20 PM CDT
At least in Texas, you're supposed to file and pay use taxes on anything you purchase without paying sales tax. This doesn't seem like a tax increase, it seems more like enforcing existing taxes.