Senate Passes Bill to Allow State Tax on Online Purchases
May 6, 2013 at 9:15 PM CST
May 6, 2013
Both republicans and democrats in the Senate are supporting a bill that would allow states to tax Internet sales. Internet-only retailers are currently not required to charge state-tax, which draws shoppers to their site who are looking to save a little bit of money. "That’s one of the great advantages of buying online, you don't need to do that. Apart from doing the shipping and handling and now having to do sales tax. That kind of will make me think about buying stuff online." Some Laredo shoppers said they prefer shopping online because of the convenience, but will now have to rethink where they make their purchases. "Usually I shop online because it is less crowded." Big chains and local stores will be the ones coming out the winners of this one if Internet sites will be required to charge state tax." The bill is designed to give back some power to in-store retailers, who are providing jobs to citizens. E-bay, where many retailers conduct and promote their business, is one of the biggest opponents to the new bill. States have reportedly lost 23-billion dollars last year due to out of state online sales. The House will now have to vote on this bill.