Elaine S. Povich is an award-winning reporter who covers tax and budget issues for Stateline. Povich has reported from Washington for Newsday, the Chicago Tribune and UPI. She also covered taxes and government finances as a freelancer for The Fiscal Times, Governing, AOLGovernment, Kiplinger and AARP Bulletin. She has written three books and is an adjunct professor of journalism at Maryland.
Not waiting for Congress to act on Internet sales taxes, some states are imposing a sales tax on online transactions starting July 1.
Amazon and other large retailers including Wal-Mart are supporting legislation now in Congress to set up a national system for collecting online sales taxes.