E-Commerce Sales Tax Bill May Emerge in ‘Fiscal Cliff' Talks After Election

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After languishing in Congress for years, legislation enabling states to collect sales taxes on purchases made online may advance in the lame-duck session of Congress, some lobbyists and policy analysts predict. Kim Rueben, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, says at a forum on federal tax reform that she believes Congress could pass the legislation after the election as part of the solution to the so-called fiscal cliff—the combination of expiring tax cuts and congressionally ordered budget sequestration that requires deep cuts in spending. The issue seems to have gained enough traction to move in this Congress, Rueben says. A Senate aide working on the issue tells BNA that Sen. Durbin continues to look for ways to pass the legislation before the end of 2012.