PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would require Amazon.com to collect sales tax on purchases made by Arizona residents.
The bill is supported by brick-and-mortar merchants who say thousands of jobs are at stake.
The bill doesn't identify Seattle-based Amazon by name. But it would classify Amazon as an in-state retailer for tax purposes because a subsidiary has distribution centers in Arizona.
Amazon contends it doesn't have to collect sales tax on sales to Arizonans because the parent company doesn't have a physical presence in the state.
And a lobbyist for the company says the bill would violate an Arizona state constitutional prohibition on bills targeting specific individuals or companies.
Senate passage would send the bill to the House.