Illinois Senator Pushes Internet Sales-Tax Plan in Nashville

A longstanding Illinois Senator was in Nashville today touting a plan to make large Internet retailers like Amazon.com collect sales taxes. That’s something Governor Bill Haslam has said is needed to really solve a state squabble over whether Amazon should collect Tennessee sales tax.

Illinois Senator Dick Durbin says a single federal tax rule is preferable for companies like Amazon, which has given the federal proposal its blessing.

“It’s needed because I don’t think any company including Amazon should have to fight this war on 50 fronts. Beyond each state, they have to worry about local sales taxes that may be imposed as well.”

Durbin says Congress could pass a law on Internet sales tax in maybe a year. Tennessee Senator Bob Corker told reporters not long ago it would likely be several years before Congress tackled that issue.


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