Senate vote delayed on internet taxes

Posted at: 04/26/2013 6:34 AM
By: Associated Press

The Senate has moved even closer to passing a bill that would end the days of tax-free Internet sales but any further action on the measure will wait until lawmakers return from a week-long vacation.

The chamber voted yesterday to end debate on the bill. That sets up a final Senate vote on the bill on May 6. The vote on the closure of debate was 63-30 and the final vote will require only a majority to pass - meaning 14 supporters would have to change their minds to stop the bill from approval.

While President Barack Obama supports the bill, it faces an uncertain fate in the House. Some Republicans in that chamber see the end of tax-free Internet purchases as a tax increase in disguise. The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet.