(Neb)-Unicam Resumes Debate On Collecting Tax For Online Sales
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska lawmakers resumed debate yesterday on a bill requiring online retailers to collect sales tax or notify buyers that tax is due. Senators who oppose the bill have promised to filibuster it and Gov. Pete Ricketts has said he will not sign it if it does pass.
Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse said he sponsored the bill to encourage collection of sales tax for online purchases because most people pay taxes when they know they owe them, but many are unaware that online purchases are taxed...although the question is included in the income tax forum.
Nebraska loses between $30 million and $40 million annually from unpaid sales tax on online purchases under a1992 Supreme Court decision that says states can tax only businesses with locations within the state. Businesses can voluntarily collect the tax, and Amazon began doing so in January.
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