When the bill does pass though, and it inevitably will eventually, state governments can look forward to a revenue surge. The estimated uncollected sales taxes in 2012 from online purchases exceeds $11.4 billion. California stands to bring in the biggest chunk of that at $1.9 billion.
Brick and mortar stores stand to benefit the most from the introduction of an online sales tax, although most will still be disadvantaged by Amazon’s ability to use scale and the cost efficiency that comes with not having to operate a physical store.
The 5 no sales tax states — Alaska, Delaware, Montana, New Hampshire, and Oregon — are against the legislation as it provides them no benefit.