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Amazon Sales Tax Bill Dies In Senate, House Not Giving Up

Indiana currently does not tax online sales because of a deal it made with Amazon when the company moved its shipping headquarters to the state.

An attempt to force Amazon to collect sales tax in Indiana has died without a hearing in the Senate, but House supporters are not 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 legislative 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.

Representative Tom Dermody says he is focused on getting the provision he authored through the House and Senate, but says he hopes Pence will reconsider if the bill reaches his desk.

“There are, I believe, some Senate members that would like to see it move, and many of the House members have supported it in the past and I believe will support it on the second round here,” Dermody says. “We all have brick-and-mortar businesses in our backyard that we‘re trying to help put on a level playing field.”

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