Web Sales Tax Bill Advances

Originally posted on CBS Dallas / Fort Worth:

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NORTH TEXAS (CBS 11) - Americans spend billions of dollars online… and now shopping via the web could get a little more expensive. This week, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would allow states to collect taxes on Internet purchases. Many of those sales are currently not being taxed, allowing online sellers to sometimes offer cheaper prices.

When Mick Williams isn’t talking technology on his weekly radio show, he’s using it to buy computers, music, and even hard-to-find grocery items. “Oh gosh, just about everything,” he said.

He estimates up to 80 percent of his purchases are made online.

“I can just do it whenever I need to,” said Williams.

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Collecting taxes on those online purchases could help raise an estimated $11 billion dollars for state and local governments. The Marketplace Fairness Act would also level the…

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