US Senate passes bill that would allow states to tax Internet purchases
The US Senate has passed a bill that could end tax-free shopping on the Internet for many shoppers.
The Senate voted 69 to 27 Monday to pass the bill, sending it to the House where it faces opposition from some lawmakers who regard it as a tax increase.
Under current law, states can only require retailers to collect sales taxes if the merchant has a physical presence in the state. As a result, many online sales are tax-free.