INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An effort to require Amazon.com and other online-only
retailers to start collecting Indiana's 7 percent sales tax this summer
has failed in the Legislature.
The House twice voted this session in favor of the requirement. But Senate
leaders blocked the proposal because they don't want to interfere with a
deal that former Gov. Mitch Daniels brokered with Amazon for it to start
collecting the tax starting in 2014.
Rep. Tom Dermody of LaPorte said Friday he couldn't overcome those Senate
objections and had to pull the online tax requirements from a compromise
version of a bill he sponsored.
The proposal's supporters argue the Amazon deal is unfair to traditional
retailers who must charge sales taxes.