Other companies are taking the prospect of implementing new software and collecting the tax in stride.
"If it's imposed on us, it's something we have to deal with. It's not going to break us," says Henry Posner, a spokesman for B&H Photo a New York retailer of photo and electronic equipment that has a large online business. Posner declined to reveal the company's sales figures.
But Dean Davis, who sells trucks, back hoes and other big machinery, says that because he's not a typical Internet seller who could benefit from software programs, his company couldn't take advantage of the streamlined tax collection process. His Narrows, Va., business, Affordable Trucks & Equipment, advertises online but closes deals over the phone and via e-mail.
"Even if it's a streamlined procedure, it would still be extra work," he says. "You have to file a report, whether it's monthly, quarterly or annually."