WASHINGTON DC - Cyber Monday 2012 may be the last one without an online sales tax across state borders, and who is surprised about that? This year's online purchases were expected to exceed $1.5 Billion. Tax gatherers can't let something so lucrative not be tapped.
Illinois was one of the first states to initiate online purchase taxes, and both Democrats as well as Republicans voted to collect taxes online - and Amazon notified Illinois-based vendors they would no longer be offering distributorships here. Now Amazon is facing a federal takeover that's led by Illinois' own US Senator Dick Durbin. He's added it to the Defense bill working its way through Congress. The Daily Caller writes:
“Sen. Durbin is focused on working with his colleagues to try to get a vote on the bill before the end of this year, whether as a stand-alone bill or part of a larger piece of legislation,” [Durbn spokesperson Christina] Mulka said. “They are keeping all options on the table at this point.”