Las Vegas Sun

April 17, 2014

Currently: 69° — Complete forecast | Log in | Create an account

Senate shows support for Internet sales taxes

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 sales taxes 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 retail stores that already charge sales taxes. Opponents say the system would be too complicated.

Join the Discussion:

Check this out for a full explanation of our conversion to the LiveFyre commenting system and instructions on how to sign up for an account.

Full comments policy