Ore. senators fight Internet sales-tax bill

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**FILE** In this Dec. 1, 2008 file photo, an Amazon.com employee grabs boxes to be loaded onto a truck at the company's Fernley, Nev. warehouse. States are increasingly looking to collect taxes from online retail sales as a way to fill gaps in budgets, with New York going as far as to pass a bill that requires companies like Amazon.com Inc. to collect taxes on shipments to New York residents, even if the companies' operations are located elsewhere. (AP Photo/Scott Sady, File)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Even though Oregon is a sales-tax-free state, Oregonians soon could pay sales tax when buying things online.

The U.S. Congress is looking at the idea of rolling out Internet sales-tax protocols. But Oregon senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are fighting it.

The bill would require online retailers to collect state and local sales tax.

That means online shoppers in Oregon could be charged tax if they buy something from another state.

Oregon state, meanwhile, wouldn’t get a dime on any online sales — thanks to its sales-tax-free status.

“This bill,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, “coerces them to collect taxes for, in effect, thousands of jurisdictions around the country.”

The bill has support from retail giants like Amazon.com and Walmart.

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