The days of tax free internet shopping may be over. A bill, expected to be introduced in Congress as early as next week, would require that all purchases made online be subject to sales tax. Different versions of this law have been debated for the past 7 years. Proponents argue that reduced sales tax threatens the budgets for schools and police and that to be fair, online retailers should be subject to the same rules as brick-and-mortar stores. Opponents argue that collection is difficult with variations in state laws.
Currently Americans who shop on the internet from out-of-state vendors aren’t always required to pay sales taxes at the time of purchase.