Patrick Temple-West and Kim Dixon
April 17, 2013

Senators could vote as early as next week on legislation that would give states the authority to collect sales taxes from online purchases, Democratic Senate aides said on Wednesday, a significant step forward after years of false starts.

Though the legal change provided by the bill has enjoyed bipartisan support for years, previous versions of this legislation have languished in Congress, facing opposition from some online retail companies and lawmakers from both parties.

Momentum has been building in the Senate since 75 lawmakers showed their overwhelming support with a symbolic vote last month.

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