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PR battle heats up on Internet sales tax bill

A bill that would make it easier for states to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases – the Main Street Fairness Act – was filed only a few days ago, but the PR battle is already heating up.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., introduced the legislation on Friday. Similar legislation was filed last year.

Lobbying for and against the current version of the bill is already in full voice. The early flurry of statements from both sides focuses on what it all means for small businesses.

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Amazon feels heat over sales tax controversy

Tennessee leaders caved when Amazon.com threatened to cancel its Tennessee expansion if state government tried to force the online retailer to collect sales taxes. But Amazon won’t be able to avoid collecting state sales taxes forever.

Pressure continues to build from a variety of sources, including potential federal legislation and a newspaper ad campaign funded by  Amazon competitors.

The newspaper ads target Amazon shareholders’ annual meeting being held today in Seattle. Also, Politico reported Monday that Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) may introduce a bill this week that would allow states to require out-of-state online retailers to collect state sales taxes.

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