Internet sales tax clears its first hurdle with U.S. Senate approval

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Posted: Tuesday, May 7, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate sided with traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments Monday by passing a bill that would widely subject online shopping — for many a largely tax-free frontier — to state sales taxes.

The Senate passed the bill 69-27, getting support from Republicans and Democrats. But opposition from some conservatives who view it as a tax increase will make it a tougher sell in the House.

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