Senate passes internet sales tax bill

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate has done it. But it's unclear whether the House of Representatives will follow that lead.

The Senate has passed a bill that would subject much of online shopping to state sales taxes.

Until now, most Internet sales have been virtually tax-free.

The move, if it becomes law, would be a help to traditional retailers and financially strapped state and local governments.

The Senate bill passes by a vote of 69 to 27 -- with bipartisan support. But in the House, some conservatives see it as a tax increase -- and may not go along with the measure. President Barack Obama has indicated he would support the measure.

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