House Votes to Move Up Amazon Sales Tax Date
The Indiana House has voted to make Amazon collect sales tax on Indiana purchases starting in July, six months earlier than scheduled.
Then-Governor Mitch Daniels reached an agreement with the online giant in 2012 to give the company a two-year grace period before imposing the tax in 2014. LaPorte Representative Tom Dermody (R) argues the company has struck deals with four other states since then with earlier effective dates.
The House voted 79-18 for a measure Dermody says will give bricks-and-mortar retailers a level playing field in time for the back-to-school shopping season.
Representative David Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) was among those voting no. He argues even though legislators had no role in negotiating the deal -- and haven't even seen it -- the world still views it as Indiana's deal, and says passage of the bill would be viewed as the state breaking its word.
The bill now heads to the Senate.