Maine House OKs "E-Fairness' bill taxing online retailers

11:08 PM, Jun 1, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A bill that would close a tax loophole used by large online retailers faces only a final Senate vote after being overwhelmingly approved by the Maine House.

The so-called "e-fairness" bill won final House approval Friday by a 128-10 tally.

It would close a loophole that allows large online retailers that use affiliates to avoid paying sales tax. Under current laws, Maine can only require sales tax collection from businesses with a substantial physical presence in the state.

The bill is similar to another measure that was vetoed by Gov. Paul LePage. But the governor's objections have been addressed in the e-fairmess bill that won passage Friday.

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