LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) – Nebraska is one step closer to collecting sales taxes from out-of-state companies that sell to residents online.
Lawmakers gave first-round approval Monday to a bill that would require online retailers such as Amazon to collect sales taxes from third-party sellers and turn the money over to the state. The measure advanced on a 44-0 vote.
It’s an effort to capture millions of dollars in revenue the state loses every year from online buyers who don’t report their sales tax liability as required.
Sen. John McCollister, of Omaha, says the bill is an effort to level the playing field with brick and mortar businesses that already collect and remit sales taxes as required.