A bill that would require some online retailers including Amazon.com to charge sales tax for sales in Texas is expected to be vetoed by Gov. Rick Perry.
A spokesperson with state Rep. John Otto, R-Dayton, who filed House Bill 2403, said the governor's office had informed Otto that he plans to veto the bill.
Earlier this year, Comptroller Susan Combs sent Amazon.com a bill for $269 million for uncollected sales tax because one of its subsidiaries operates a warehouse in Irving. Amazon balked and Perry publicly backed the company over Combs in the matter.
The bill would change the definition of "physical presence" to make clear that a warehouse like the one used by Amazon counts. Other states have pasesd similar measures.
The bill's backers included brick-and-mortar stores like Walmart and groups representing local Texas retailers. They argued that they can't effectively compete against online retailers when they have to charge customers sales tax and heavyweights like Amazon.com don't.