INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican state senators have blocked
a vote on a bill that would force Amazon.com and some other online-only
retailers to start collecting Indiana's 7 percent sales tax this summer.
The bill that cleared the House by a wide margin had been scheduled for a
Senate vote Thursday until the Senate Republican caucus decided to have
the measure pulled for more negotiations.
The bill would require Amazon to start online sales tax collection in
July, six months earlier than under a deal that former Gov. Mitch Daniels
brokered with the company last year.
Senate Majority Leader Brandt Hershman says Indiana's reputation with
businesses would suffer if the Legislature interfered with the Amazon
The bill's supporters say the Amazon deal is unfair to traditional
retailers who must charge sales taxes.