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Trade group urges action on online sales tax bill

Washington--Trade associations and retailers are urging the U.S. House of Representatives to approve an online sales tax bill.
The U.S. Senate has already passed the bill, which would overturn existing federal law and allow states to mandate collection of sales tax by online and catalog merchants regardless of whether they have an in-state physical presence.
A letter sent Jan. 7 by a group called the Marketplace Fairness Coalition, made up of trade associations and retailers like Amazon.com, pushes for action from U.S. Rep. Robert Goodlatte (R, VA), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which is considering the bill.
The group argues that e-commerce is favors web-only retailers who are free from collecting sales tax in states where they have no physical presence. Amazon used to be against online sales tax proposals, but changed its view now that its distribution centers throughout the U.S, require it to collect sales tax in more states.

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