* Senate vote on passage could follow this week
* States could collect more online sales tax under bill
* Amazon supports measure, eBay opposes it
WASHINGTON, April 24 Wider U.S. tax collections
on Internet sales moved another step closer to reality on
Wednesday as legislation in the U.S. Senate cleared another
The 75-22 Senate vote cleared the way for consideration of a
bill that would empower U.S. states to require out-of-state
retailers to collect online sales taxes from customers.
A vote on passage of the measure could come this week.
Supporters include brick-and-mortar retailers such as
Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Best Buy Co Inc, as well
as cash-strapped state governments.
Amazon.com Inc, which hopes to simplify its U.S.
state retail tax situation, also backs the legislation.
Opponents include many online merchants, including
eBay Inc and Overstock.com Inc.
Prospects for passage are murky in the Republican-controlled
House of Representatives, where some Republicans view it as a