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Goodlatte says House likely won't pass Senate's Internet sales tax bill

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UPDATE 5:01 p.m.

Congressman Goodlatte's office contacted WSLS 10 about the story after it initially aired.

In a statement, Congressman Goodlatte said, "If any action is taken, Congress must be involved in the process and I have repeatedly said that the House Judiciary Committee is looking at alternatives that could enable states to collect sales tax revenues without opening the door to aggressive state action against out-of-state companies.  Furthermore, any alternative I am working on in the House would address fairness to all businesses and consumers."

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Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte says it's unlikely the House of Representatives will pass the Marketplace Fairness Act.

The bill would require online companies to collect sales tax, similar to what brick and mortar businesses are required to do.

Despite already passing the Senate and having the support of organizations like the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce, Goodlatte said the bill is unfair to consumers since they would have to pay more.

"Transactions on the Internet are going to increase," the Republican congressman said. "It's obviously something where we want to make sure that the many, many businesses in this community who do business online and you don't see them because they don't have storefronts are treated fairly."

Goodlatte said the states should reach an agreement so Congress doesn't have to get involved. He said House Republicans will work on their own version of the bill that protects consumers.

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