Senate is poised to vote on online-sales-tax bill

The Senate is weighing a bill that would allow states to require sales-tax collections by online retailers. Some conservative lawmakers see the legislation as an unfair burden on companies and a new tax, while others oppose the bill because their states don't have a sales tax. The prospects of the legislation seem to be improving, however, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., setting a procedural vote. Meanwhile, eBay CEO John Donahoe is encouraging sellers on the online marketplace to voice opposition to the measure.

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