Internet Sales Tax Measure Passes Senate; Focus Turns to House Skeptics

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Legislation allowing states to compel businesses in other states to collect sales taxes on their behalf on web-based sales advanced in the Senate May 6.
The vote was 69-27 and reflected bipartisan support for the Marketplace Fairness Act (S. 743). Supporters said they hoped that level of support would translate into action by the House, where lobbyists following the issue say passage—or even consideration—is much less certain.
“I'm really pleased with the outcome. I've been working on it for 12 years, and it's nice to get it over to the House side,” the bill's chief sponsor, Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), told BNA. “I've been working with the House folks, and I think they'll be able to resolve it over there and move it forward.”