Durbin tried to get votes on three amendments, one of which was from Sens. Mark PryorMark PryorMedicaid rollback looms for GOP senators in 2020 Cotton pitches anti-Democrat message to SC delegation Ex-Sen. Kay Hagan joins lobby firm MORE (D-Ark.) and Roy BluntRoy BluntUnited explains passenger removal to senators Disconnect: Trump, GOP not on same page GOP senator: There will never be full U.S.-Mexico border wall MORE (R-Mo.) that would have extended the Internet Tax Freedom Act for another 10 years. Wyden was an original author of the Internet Tax Freedom Act.
“We are just asking retailers that when you make a sale in that state you collect the sales tax in that state,” Durbin said.
The bill would exempt small businesses that earn less than $1 million annually from out-of-state sales and requires states to provide retailers with software to calculate sales taxes based on a buyer’s zip code.
Under current law, states can only collect sales taxes from retailers that have a physical presence in their state. People who order items online from another state are supposed to declare the purchases on their tax forms, but few do or are even aware of the law.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max BaucusMax BaucusChanging of the guard at DC’s top lobby firm GOP hasn’t reached out to centrist Dem senators Five reasons why Tillerson is likely to get through MORE (D-Mont.) and others who opposed the bill said it should have gone through committee before coming to the Senate floor.
“You just can’t write the bill on the floor of the Senate,” Baucus said. “You have to go to committee to work these things out.”
Most opposition to the bill has come from conservative GOP members joined by lawmakers from three states that don’t have sales tax: Montana, New Hampshire and Oregon.
If those opposing the bill continue to block progress, the next vote will be on a motion to end debate on Friday morning and final passage likely wouldn’t come until Saturday afternoon.
On Wednesday, the Senate voted 75-22 to proceed to the bill and last month the body passed a non-binding budget resolution supporting the Marketplace Fairness language on a 75-24 vote.
Those votes suggest supporters of the bill are likely to see it win approval in the Senate later this week. Its path through the House, despite the support of many GOP governors, is less clear.