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Durbin Pushes Online Sales Tax

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. (AP) – Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin took his campaign to allow state governments to collect sales taxes from out-of-state online retailers to a Chicago suburb.
Durbin went to Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville on Friday, where he said owner Becky Anderson is doing what the law requires in collecting sales taxes. He said many of her online competitors are not collecting the tax from their sales.
Last year, Durbin and two Republican senators began pushing a bill that would allow states to force online retailers to collect sales taxes using software that would calculate what buyers owe based on their address. After collecting the tax, the retailer would send it to the correct state.
Amazon.com Inc. has said it supports the bill. However, eBay Inc. has said it is opposed.

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