Business and Economics

Lawmakers Continue Their Push For Amazon Sales Taxes

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An attempt to force Amazon to collect sales tax in Indiana has died without a hearing in the Senate, but Network Indiana Statehouse reporter Eric Berman says House supporters of the measure aren‘t giving up:

A House committee has inserted the Amazon language into an unrelated bill, in an attempt to keep it alive for negotiations in the final weeks of the session. Amazon struck a deal with then-Governor Mitch Daniels to begin collecting the tax in 2014. Even if the Senate relents, Governor Pence has indicated he believes the state should honor that agreement. LaPorte Representative Tom Dermody hopes he‘ll reconsider.   (((DERMODY: “Right now I‘m focused on first getting it through the House and then the Senate. Then I will take that upon working with the governor. And I‘ve tried to help him on some higher-ed tuition reform issues, so I look forward to his support on this.”)))   Dermody says that extra six months is important for brick-and-mortar stores who hope to cash in on back-to-school and holiday shopping.


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