Amazon Pushes for Online Sales Taxes

Bookseller splits with Internet peers on tax legislation.

Amazon.com Inc. and brick-and-mortar stores urged U.S. senators to pass legislation to let states collect sales taxes from online retailers based elsewhere, as other Internet companies said they oppose the measure.

Federal legislation would create “an even-handed national framework for sales tax collection,” Paul Misener, vice president for global public policy at Amazon, the largest U.S. online retailer, told the Senate Commerce Committee.

Pressing Congress

States have pressed Congress to act for years without results, and for a decade Amazon has backed changes in federal law that would ease Web sales-tax collection.

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